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Dear future self,

I hope you’re doing well. I hope you’re breathing easy.

Did our hard work pay off? Did people listen to us and other activists? Is life valued above profits?

Keep fighting, but don’t forget to live. We’ve put in so much work over the past thirty years. You deserve a break.

Love you.

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