To think that my choices of sustainable commuting, eating a plant based diet, and working on our City’s zero waste program likely pale in comparison to the impact of not having a baby is nothing short of devastating.  Does it make me a bad environmentalist to honor my maternal instincts?

Sent on by
Sierra Deimling
Send Your Own Message

Dear Potential Future Kiddo,

You’re one of the things I have known I’ve wanted, viscerally in my gut, since I was a little girl myself.  I may be lacking a significant number of traditional feminine traits, such as a willingness to brush my hair or cook a proper meal, but the instinct to create life burns through my blood like the increasingly prevalent Montana wildfire. The desire to make a little Sierra isn’t driven by logic or reason- it’s as primal as my need for water and sunshine.

Unfortunately, I’m also an environmentalist. 

Four years of my undergraduate program as an Environmental Studies student were spent being hounded with lessons on our planet’s encroaching carrying capacity and climate crisis driven by an exponentially exploding population.  If I want to reduce my ecological footprint as much as possible, perhaps the most powerful tool I have at my disposal is to abstain from having children. 

I’ll spare both of us from attempting to articulate just how much that pains me.

To think that my choices of sustainable commuting, eating a plant based diet, and working on our City’s zero waste program likely pale in comparison to the impact of not having a baby is nothing short of devastating.  Does it make me a bad environmentalist to honor my maternal instincts?

Potential Future Kiddo of mine, I hope you’re reading this.  I hope our administration wakes up and listens to our demands, desperate cries, and pleas for change.  I hope I can make the decision to have you without the guilt of our planet’s longevity on my shoulders.  

I hope you’re born into a community powered by renewables.  A community where you can safely bike to school and don’t think twice about tossing your PB&J crust into a compost bin.  A community that has appropriately responded to the horror that is our current climate crisis. I hope to sit beside you on the plastic-free banks of the Clark Fork River as you experience the dumbfounding awe that is the stillness of a Great Blue Heron for the first time. 

I will never stop fighting to make this vision a reality.  Hope to see you one day, Potential Future Kiddo. 

Love,

Potential Future Mama

Share on:
 
Send Your Own Message

More Messages to the Future

 

Dear Generations to Be,

If we could all slow down, look around and connect: with each other, the Earth, the sky, the plants and rocks and animals, then maybe we can all remember to treat everyone and everything with respect and live in love.

 

Dear Valentina & Luis,

You both know I have made it my mission to get people to understand more about the state of our planet‘s climate and what was at stake.

 

Dear Amara and Uma,

Maybe you heard about bats? Bats, the carriers of this disease that spread among us like wild fire. I love bats. When I was your age today, sitting in the evening on the back terrace of your grandparent’s home in Ibiza, hundreds of bats would play, dance and sing among the trees.

 

I pledge to take the bus.

 

Dear A and C,

You are growing up in a time of immense change. In the last two years alone, we’ve learned so much about big and important issues including climate change and the systemic racism that runs through our institutions.

 

Dear Future Family,

As I’m sitting here trying to think of the best words to say to you all, I am thinking of one major thing: that I can only hope that you all get to experience the incredible beauty created by our planet.

 

Dear Eleanor,

You are so small. So innocent. So beautiful. For you and for everyone else, I will try harder.

 

Hello spawn,

I am small now littles and I may be small forever but in my small ways I will fight for you.

 

Dear friend,

I will fight for this cause and I will never ever give up because we, the youngsters, are the hope.

 

Dear future generations,

Past generations took all the trees, polluted all the water, fished all the fish, and hunted all the animals so that there’s almost nothing nice left.

 

Dear Tomorrow,

I promise I will do whatever I can to protect and preserve mother Earth for future generations.

 

Dear Children and Grandchildren,

I see a world full of hope fueled by the desire for change.

View All Messages

Send Your Own Message