More Messages to the Future
To Annika, Anders, Stella, Eva, and Mickey,
In writing to you, I realize that I don’t want you to be hard on yourself if you choose to not make this your cause. But it is mine, so I hope that you hold me accountable to some of what I wrote here.
Dear future me,
I am 19 years old, and I am angry.
Annalu minha filha amada,
Espero de coração que, no futuro, você possa olhar para trás e se orgulhar muito dos pais que teve.
To the wonder,
Dear tomorrow, thank you for letting me ride the wave of wonder that reaches toward you for all generations of all species to come.
Dear Rowan & Tristan,
I promise to do everything I can as a daughter to our great Mother Earth to protect her wildlife and trees.
I promise to switch from “light” to “deep” green.
I will turn my gas transmission into an electric car!
You are so small. So innocent. So beautiful. For you and for everyone else, I will try harder.
Dear Alanna and Valeria,
I promise you to keep trying, to keep educating, to keep pushing our elected officials to act and protect your health now and in the future.
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.
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 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.