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To my niece Ashleigh, nephews Ollie and Scott, and their children; the wider whanau

Dear Tomorrow, I often wish I could have done more. As a youngster I hoped fervently that our country would not go down the track of gross urbanisation with high rises & acres of motorways eating up our green land. One conscious positive action that I have consistantly practiced is my decision to remain carless. I see individual car ownership as part of the selfish, self centred  soci0-economic climate culture which has dominated our world thus far & the awful impact that domination has caused. Walking or catching the bus or train & cycling have been my conscious modes of transport. I have been very priviliged to see a national cycleway incentive initiated in Aotearoa (NZ). The “conscious eating & exercise & sobriety & let it begin with me” credo has helped me take responsibility for my own actions & also to begin to recognise how my individual actions impact our community as a whole. People matter most.

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Querido amanhã,

Sempre é bom ajudar a natureza.

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