Sent on by
Kyle Wonders
Send Your Own Message

Dear Kyle,

As I write this, I contemplate what your future looks like. The natural beauty that I find myself surrounded by could be completely different for you. And only you could know that, although I suppose you are me, so I will know too. I will know what a forever changed world will look like. Do you remember your childhood innocence? That time when you didn’t have to worry about climate change. The time when you didn’t feel compelled to act. That time is forever gone.

It has been quite a few years since you’ve entered the workforce. I pray you haven’t found yourself climate fatigued. I pray you still find the energy to act, you still find the space for hope, and you still fight for a better future. You did at one point. I am taking action. I am doing all I can in an effort to ensure that you don’t have to remember the world as it once was. I fight so you will be able to go out and see the wildlife that you so adore. So you don’t have to tell your kids about the diverse species you grew up with, the ever changing seasons you experienced, and the bliss you found in the outdoors. I fight so they will be able to experience all that, not just hear about it.

I fight, but I do not know if it will be enough. I am only one person, and the world is growing so rapidly. I can only hope that we have come together and found unity in our struggle. Unity is the only way I can see out of this crisis. I hope the climate crisis has overcome divides and brought the world together. I hope this is your reality.

Tell your children that I only ask one thing of them. I ask that they are able to go outside and find the beauty wherever they can. Tell them this planet is a gift, and within it is a beauty incomparable to anything else. Tell them I apologize for the state of the world they inherited, but I want them to know I believe in them. They have to pick up where my generation has left off. I can only hope that we have made that job easy for them…

Sincerely,

Kyle Wonders

January 2021

Share on:
 
Send Your Own Message

More Messages to the Future

 

Dear Grown up Alton and Dot,

The most important thing in my life is you, which means that as your mom – I am doing my very best to make sure that when you read this letter, Earth is a cleaner and safer place for you and your children.

 

Dear Llewyn, beloved grandson …

I can only say that I devoted myself to doing as much as I could to make it better, to provide for a just transition, and to fight those forces that continued to exploit the Eaarth with extractive methods, methods that always also included oppressing some people–because those doing the oppression believed that they were better and deserved more.

 

Dear Kids,

My mistake was thinking I needed to give you more to be a good Mom. Recently your aunt asked me what my favorite toy was growing up. I gulped, I didn’t have one- it was the outdoors, sliding down a ravine of leaves with my Dad, skiing and camping. Today is October 12th, 2021 and I am still going to be giving you a lot, it’s going to look a little different – love, experiences, education and a healthy planet.

 

Dear Rowan & Tristan,

I promise to do everything I can as a daughter to our great Mother Earth to protect her wildlife and trees.

 

To my precious children

I want clean air, clean energy and muddy feet for you. I want this for all children.

 

Dear Eleanor,

It seems silly to saddle yourself with guilt for something that hasn’t happened yet. I don’t want to do that. As of today, I don’t really feel guilty. I guess I just want to make sure I keep doing more, so that when you read this, and ask what I’ve done since then, I can still feel good about my efforts.

 

I won’t leave my lights on.

 

Querida Alê,

Por você idealizei um mundo melhor e lutei incessantemente por ele.

 

Dear future me,

I am 19 years old, and I am angry.

 

I pledge to use less plastic.

 

Dear Tomorrow,

I promise I will do everything I can to help fight against climate change.

 

Dear Tomorrow,

We want to let others know about how to fight climate crisis.

View All Messages

Send Your Own Message