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Dear future niece(s)/nephew(es),

It feels weird to write to you because you do not yet exist. I am not sure if I will get to know you in the next year or the next few years but I am excited for the day I do meet you. I am less excited to see what the world will look like then. I do not mean to be grim or gloomy but in this current global political climate, it is tough for me to have a sunny disposition. It is easy to fall into negative thoughts when great rainforests and coral reefs are disappearing and your current president is ignoring the eco-crisis (if he is even fully cognizant of it). Nevertheless, there are positive things to look forward to as well. New sustainable technologies and a growing eco-movement give us hope.

I hope to dedicate my life to making this world a better place– whether it is communal or global. I know your moms hope the same.

Our Earth has proven itself to have extreme perseverance. If I can offer any advice, it is to avoid cynical perspectives. If our Earth is indeed being engulfed by rising sea levels and CO2 emissions, all I can say is to not lose your empathy, your kindness, or your hope. Do what you can to give back, even if it is a small action. Because even in times that feel determined or unchangeable, there is always a small effort that can be made that has the power to influence another person.

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