To my future child,
I spent every summer of my life at Ledgewood, my dad’s family’s summer house in the Adirondack mountains. Some of my best memories are from those summers: hiking in the mountains, swimming in the waterfalls, reading on the porch, spending time with family. I can’t imagine my life without these experiences, and nature plays an integral role in all of them. As climate change becomes an increasingly bigger threat, I worry that beautiful places like this will slowly stop existing. The existence and well-being of nature is not only essential for humanity, but for enriched and happy lives as well. In the future, I hope to take you and my sister’s children to this house every summer, just like when I was a kid. I want to be able to show you all of the things that we did and continue to make new memories while being surrounded by nature. I promise to continue to speak out against climate change and do everything I can do reduce my environmental impact. I promise to always consider climate change when voting, consuming, and participating in society.