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Hello to whomever takes the time of their day to read this message.

The year is 2018 and we as a society aren’t looking so good fighting global climate change. It is April here in the Bay Area and we had hail, a small earthquake, thunder and is about to be 80 degrees all in one week. Last time I checked, that is not normal weather patterns. We have a president that will remain nameless that tweets (I’m hoping Twitter is still a thing) out stuff like “where is all this global warming people talk about, it’s freezing!!!”. Our leadership in 2018 just increased the prices of solar panels and believe that coal is still a reliable and good source of energy (mostly because coal industries stuff their pockets). However, all of this negativity should sound surprising. It is my hope that somewhere between 2018 and the future, we as a society actually elected somebody that has opened a science textbook at all. The U.S leadership along with the rest of the world have figure out that burning fossil fuels and destroying ecosystem was not a route to keep going. Companies like Exxon, Chevron and governments around the world have finally realized that short term profit for long term damages is not a good business model for anybody.

I also have wishes and hope for society itself. I’m hoping and wishing that we aren’t so cow hungry as we are in this point in time, and have change our lifestyle (even in the slightest) to be more energy efficient. The times of driving two blocks to the store because we are too lazy to walk are a thing of the past. The times of having some of the worst and low funded public transportation are a thing of the past. The times of relying on heavily processed food are a thing of the past. The times of having a sizable part of the population think that global climate change is some hippie conspiracy to steal money from the public, is really a thing of the past. I put extra emphasis on the last one because we as a society can’t and will not change the world for the better, if we don’t believe there is a problem in the first place.

Wow, now that I put this on paper it seems like I want more than my own dreams can give me. Yet, I remain hopeful that even partially of what I envision or hope for has being completed or is a work in progress. I wish my kids and their kids still have the ability to visit a rainforest, see rhinos, and enjoy nature at the same level I am. If nothing has changed and we have continued 30+ years of the same wasteful and inefficient lifestyle, we as a world have normalized. Then, I hope we found water and some oxygen in another planet because earth will be counting its days till the end.

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