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Dear future readers,

You must be somewhat amused to learn of this strange cult of climate change that had so many people in its grip back in the early 21st century. I post just to testify that not everyone was sucked into the craziness. By your time I imagine you have much more advanced sources of energy, maybe fusion power, maybe something else. I’m also pretty sure that your world will be just fine and won’t have succumbed to some of the doomsday scenarios the loonies of our own age predict. By the time you read this, I may well be dead, but I wish you all well for a bright future.

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Queridos nietas/nietos,

Creo que debo hacer más. Por ello, he decidido escribir esta breve carta para empezar un proceso en el que vaya escribiendo más cartas, conforme vaya teniendo más claridad de mis posibles contribuciones.

 

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A culture of consumption is the reason that my world faces such an ecological crisis, it is both necessary and proper to address the fundamental mindsets that have created such a destructive culture.

 

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We know about this. If we don’t fix this for you, it’s our fault.

 

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Maya, my love, I promise to be courageous. I promise that when I face a decision, I will think of how it will impact you and your future. I promise that I’ll also step outside my individual decisions and add my weight to the forces that shift culture and systems.

 

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What I wish most for you girls is that the care you have shown each other would extend to the big wide world around you.

 

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My act of love will be to use all the power I have, during the rest of my life, to stop climate change.

 

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Dear Tomorrow,

My climate action is to educate youth to create solutions for energy efficiency and conservation opportunities.

 

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I am doing this to protect you, the food, water, air and biodiversity of a country that I love.

 

Dear Tomorrow,

I promise to purchase carbon offsets when we fly.

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