Sent on by
Margo Frank
Send Your Own Message

Dear Lucca and Sonia,

I’m writing this letter to you on December 26, 2017. You are both still young children, floating on the wonder of Santa’s visit.  By the time you see this letter, you may be older than your parents are now.

You see, I’m writing this letter now as a kind of time capsule artifact, one you will open decades later. Right now we are beginning to experience the effects of climate change. As the glaciers melt and the planet warms, there are sunny day floods on the streets of Miami Beach, Florida. This past year there were horrific hurricanes with subsequent flooding in Florida and Mississippi and Texas. And the West was consumed by large forest fires.  Napa county, Santa Rosa and Redwood and Potter Valleys were decimated by fast moving fire storms the night of October 8th and into the next few days.

You may not remember that I was very involved with a national group called Elders Climate Action. I joined it in 2014 when it was just getting started and helped to build a national movement of Elders who wanted to ensure there would be a safe, sustainable and viable planet for our grandchildren. I did it because, at a time when I was newly retired and feeling helpless and hopeless about the state of the world, I realized that I wanted to be able to tell you that I had done everything I could to leave you that just, sustainable world.

This time right now, as I write this letter, may be what Joanna Macy calls The Great Turning, a time when humans realized the ways they were killing Mother Earth and began to turn it around.

I pray that by the time you read this we will have succeeded, that you are not living in a time of climate disruption, that there is good organic food to eat and that our country is recognized as a leader in saving the planet.

Many, but not all people acknowledge that the way we’ve lived for centuries is killing our beloved earth. You’ve already experienced fire storms in our area with your parents being ready to evacuate and both of them working extra hours in the aftermath of the fires, helping others. I worry that there will be more extreme weather events, that the Coastways beach will disappear and that our community will either flee as refugees or be receiving them from elsewhere.

That’s why I’ve been devoting myself to organizing other grandparents and elders to speak up, to get our government to enact laws that force us to make the changes we resist. You might remember that I went to Washington DC and visited Congressional offices and went on a huge Climate March.. I’ve been helping organize a local climate action group here in Ukiah as well. I even talked about it on a radio program and in a short video for the California Naturalist Program. I am determined to do everything I can to ensure that your future will be as wonderful as possible. And I hope that you are carrying on this work, speaking up for social and environmental justice, working to dismantle the patricarchal, racist and homophobic corporatocracy that keeps trying to take control. It’s essential for each of us to do what we can.

Do you remember how Papa Marc and I drove old funky cars? That’s because we believe that re-using and re-purposing and re-cycling are important. There are lots of small things we do in the way we live but most importantly, I’ve been determined to change the political will in this country to address climate change before it’s too late.

How did I do?

 

Share on:
 
Send Your Own Message

More Messages to the Future

 

Dear Ryan,

I hope that you start doing things that will help the world.

 

Dear Tomorrow,

I promise to reach out to more people to ditch driving and consider using public transportation. I promise to convince Marin markets that sensible policies in density and mixed use planning will further enhance everyone’s quality of life.

 

To older Rochelle,

You should’ve reduced your carbon footprint, should be using some source of renewable energy and be a vegetarian by now.

 

Dear Me of Tomorrow,

I plan to plant more things this spring, as we do every year in our garden.

 

Dear You Tomorrow,

What we failed to do, at least early on, was to see how important it was to put those solutions together. To combine into a way forward.

 

Future Message to Earth,

Hope there will be no more droughts,
And no more pollution with which we fought,
Regarding every human should be taught,
Ensuring that we uniformly follow these thoughts.

 

dear tomorrow,

I hope that the state of the environment becomes a part of everyday discourse.

 

Dear Isaiah,

I am grateful for your soul, for your creativity, for your empathy. All these are precious treasures that you have to offer the world. They will help. I thank you for being in this world right now, so that you can offer these gifts at a time of transition.

 

Dear Tomorrow

Stay Cool and Save the Whales

 

Dear Future,

We need to work to save our beautiful home.

 

Minha pequena Nicole ainda não nos conhecemos, mas já te amo

Deixo para você o meu quintal onde o ar é perfumado pelas flores e árvores, a terra dá frutos e flores além de abrigar muitos bichinhos, a água é utilizada com consciência e o ser humano é respeitado e tratado como alguém que depende da natureza para VIVER.

 

Dear Future Earth,

I promise to promote the growth of clean energy, like solar… For the sake of my grandchildren.

View All Messages

Send Your Own Message