Owen and Molly,
I’m writing this to you because I don’t have my own kids (yet?) and you two are a couple of the most important peanuts in my life. When it comes to my work and the things I think about in cities, I think about you – what your neighborhood might look like, how you might walk to school, or what parks you might go to with your mom (or me or your Aunt Kelley). As I think about the cities of the future, I think of what your world will look like and how you’ll live.
And with that, I have to tell you: things aren’t great now, but I’m doing what I can to make things better. I’m trying to help cities so that the environment is healthier, and so are you. Owen, I want you to be able to run around everywhere and bike all over the place. Molly, I want there to be beautiful wildflowers everywhere just for you, with great paths and benches for people to enjoy them.
I’m trying to make the world a cleaner place so you won’t get sick. I’m trying to make it so people drive less so the fumes from their cars don’t make you cough and so you can safely play on the sidewalk. I’m trying to make cities more livable so the beautiful places you’ll visit on trips are kept pristine for your enjoyment. I’m doing this because I want the beautiful world I’ve been able to grow up in to stick around for you. I want to take you to the glaciers in New Zealand and know they’ll still be as big as when I saw them. I want you to make your own memories on this beautiful planet. This place isn’t just for me, it’s for you guys too!
I love you both so much, and I’ll continue to fight for a cleaner Earth for you.
– Your Aunt Erin