I’m going to commit to raising you with your eyes open. Being aware as much as we can, how to better our environment together.

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My Dear Paloma,

Today was the first day of our vacation, just you and I. We are in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, breathing clean air into our lungs. Being close to everything green and so alive is all we need.

You are two and growing everyday with new words and thoughts and actions. Today, all you wanted to do was be outside and run in the meadows, climb mountains, and swim in the creek.

I want to tell you that to love nature and our world is essential to our survival. You will continue to learn from me, your daddy, grandparents, teachers, and peers how to care for the planet.

Growing up in Southern California I was always very aware of the smog pollution that surrounded Los Angeles. If my asthma was acting up, on occasion my parents would drive my sisters and I to the beach to help me breathe. I believe that efforts to help care for our environment have been expected from me by the way I was raised. It was instilled in me that our natural resources were not unlimited. My parents conserved water, recycled, even purchased our beef a from a local ranch. I feel extremely fortunate now realizing that this was rare.

I’m going to commit to raising you with your eyes open. Being aware as much as we can, how to better our environment together. You are being raised Vegan, and mostly organic. By eating a plant based diet, we are not contributing to the vast pollution and animal abuse that factory farming is producing. We also drive only on weekends because we live in Brooklyn and can commute via public transportation. I will try my best to compost taking advantage of our local farmers market.

My hopes are to expose you to as much of this beautiful planet that I can. Being outside on the weekends and traveling to the beaches, parks and occasionally camping. This is how I was raised – but we know so much more now and have made so many mistakes as a society. I only hope that we can try and slow down the climate change together. I will continue to do what I can and try to be more involved on a larger level. I’d like to think that this letter is that commitment to myself and you!

I’m trying my little love, for you and all of your future friends!!! This planet is not ours, we live here for a short time, please tread lightly.

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