More Messages to the Future
I’m not allowed to talk about climate change around family; as my mom warned me, “climate change is not something that people think about in Mississippi.” But I’m worried for my family’s future.
Dear X—, Dear A—,
I will do everything I have the power to do to free your lives from the mistakes of ours. That is what my love for you means.
More importantly, what are we doing to better our planet and everyone who lives in it?
To my dear children in the year 2050,
I don’t wish to go backwards, but I do wish we would slow down and design our brave new world with more care.
I hope, as your father, I’ve done enough to instill within you how science is a wonderful adventure.
My hope is for all who live in your time to still know the joy of swimming in the ocean, walking through the woods, and hiking in the mountains.
To my children,
I am working with 350.org on shutting down the coal and unconventional gas industries in our country because I cannot think of a more direct way to protect you, the food, water and biodiversity we all love and rely on.
All children deserve the opportunity for a meaningful, safe, and satisfied life. We hope our efforts to combat climate change and instill a love for the earth in you will help contribute to that.
When you look at me with those big beautiful eyes and that innocent smile, you make me want to fight harder. And I do.
Dear Kai and Leah,
I want you to feel awestruck like I do. It is important to feel small sometimes, to feel the weight of reality, to recognize the scale of a challenge, to see where you fit and what you are up against. This is the case with climate change.
To my daughters,
In order for you two be happy and healthy, we all need to work hard to prevent climate change.
So today, my strong and spunky girl, I promise you this: I will stay vigilant and flexible. I will spread the word.