More Messages to the Future
When I asked you why the purple Violet called to you, you told me it was “magic”. I hope that you can still find the magic of life. I hope, despite everything, it is still in abundance.
Lucie, I love you more than you could ever know and I hope that my promises help contribute to a better world for you and inspire you to take action as well as you grow into the amazing adult I know you will be.
Dear Finn and Cy,
I think a lot about what you might be like when you grow up and about what kind of world you will live in.
I have solar and will be getting an electric car next week
I promise to stop using a plastic straw.
The only way to survive it, even if you don’t feel like you’re winning, is to keep your hands on the rope.
Dear future generations,
My hope for you is that you can have equal experiences with nature that I was able to have with my dad.
I will teach my children about a greener earth.
To the generation after mine,
But when you encounter that resistance–and you will, regularly–know that you must respond just how we have had to these past 50 years. With love, and sternness, and most of all, courage. Because that is what the resistance fears the most. We who came before you promise that we will do the same while we wait for you. Know that you will never be alone.
Dear Devon and Chloe
I hope that my work helping to make your schools more sustainable will be something you carry on as you grow older.
When the worst consequences of climate change still feel far away today, or the barriers to acting on climate change seem steep today, I do not think about today. I think about you, and your world when you are my age.
Dear fellow human,
May my tomorrow include more attention to these details so that you know that I do care.