Sent on by
Grace Carollo
Send Your Own Message

Dear My Future Child,

I don’t know you yet, and you don’t know me, but I already need to apologize. I’m sorry for the way my generation and generations before me have contaminated your world. In a few short years, we were allowed to consume and destroy what was yours and it’s not at all fair.

It’s not at all fair that when I was your age my friends and I ran around the neighborhood, through the ravines, climbing trees, and swimming in the lake. Yes, humans were at one point allowed to swim in the lakes. Before we polluted, before we turned it into another landfill. We climbed trees, they had leaves that changed colors and different types of birds could build nests and lay their eggs in any tree they thought was safe. So many animals used to live the trees, forests, and rivers and lakes and oceans, you would never believe it. They used to graze through the wilderness, in the jungle or rainforest or savannah or desert or coral reefs. Even in my generation, stories of many of these animals became legends.

But trees and rivers and lakes and oceans and animals could make a couple of important people a lot of money. Trees provided wood and paper and we need to drink water to survive and, believe it or not, when I was growing up people depended on animals to eat their flesh in almost every single meal. And all of this was created, was forced into our lives, so a few people could own nearly all of our country’s wealth.

I don’t know what will change on our planet during your lifetime, but I can only hope that all of your smart, brave, and talented people will speak up about what matters, as your generation could be humanity’s last. Don’t be afraid to shout for what you believe in, I hope that there are more of you now than there were in my time. We would get ridiculed for caring about environmental matters, some of the smartest scientists even received death threats for publishing the truth about climate change. I hope humanity as you are experiencing it thinks differently. I hope your reality cares more about people than money, and more about the planet than about themselves. I hope you realize that things won’t make you happy, but people and experiences will. Do not make our mistakes, and the mistakes of generations before my own. Fight the temptation to remain ignorant because I know passion comes with pain and doubt and trial and error and harder work than unawareness, but it will all be worth it. The world needs more people like you; don’t live in fear, but let the fear drive you to live with a purpose.

Much love,
Grace C.

Share on:
Send Your Own Message

More Messages to the Future


Dear Tomorrow,

I promise I will encourage everyone to adopt a plant-based diet. Good for our health, the animals and the planet.


Dear Tomorrow,

Less meat, more on my feet!


Dear Gorasia descendants,

I will do all that I can, and hope my fellow inhabitants join my pursuit, to nurture this planet.


Dear World,

I vow that I will try to make a difference every day, so that you may enjoy the world as I have.


Dear Oliver,

I am getting your father on board too so that we can double charge this together.


Dear Maya,

Maya, my love, I promise to be courageous. I promise that when I face a decision, I will think of how it will impact you and your future. I promise that I’ll also step outside my individual decisions and add my weight to the forces that shift culture and systems.


My Dear Grandchildren,

In writing this letter to you, I am searching for ways to make my connection and commitment to you more present in my current experience


Dear Tomorrow,

Be the person who shows up. Be the person who continues to advocate for change because change is possible – it is possible in the most partisan of politics.


Dear Elliot and Alana,

But being truthful, I know we are not yet on the path that will lead to the change that is needed; but it is visible.


Dear People Of The Future,

It’s scary, this is the stuff you see in movies about the end of the world.


Dear Sadie,

You are young and have a rich future ahead of you. I am retired and aiming for a high quality of cultural life and comfort with whatever time remains to me. I do not want to see a world whose elders sacrifice your future for their short-term needs and personal gain. So it’s up to you and me to speak out.


Dear Future,

“I knew you would want to know how the future turned out. You got so anxious about climate change as we grew older.  By coming back, I thought I could help you with that.”

View All Messages

Send Your Own Message