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Dear future self,

Think back to the fall of 2021; you were sitting in class learning about all the ways humanity has negatively impacted the Earth and contributed to climate change. Hopefully by the time you read this, climate change is a meme (you remember what those are right?) and not a dangerous crisis. Hopefully good-hearted elected officials worked together in a bipartisan manner to help combat climate change. Hopefully, we can laugh in the future about the stupid things we used to do, and are all living a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. I know and you know as well, that due to the new information that we added to what we already knew about the climate we have made changes to our lives to ensure that we are contributing our part as well as promoting these changes to our family and friends. I know you have continued on with an open-mind to always be learning and interpreting data to help improve our future.


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