With love and a great hope for the future, a future that will be healthy and sustainable for you, my precious grandchildren.

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To my precious grandchildren, Emma, Maya, Maddie and Will,

I am writing this letter to you in the Spring of 2018 as part of a project called DearTomorrow.  My letter will be archived until 2050 when you will be 47, 45, 43 and 40 years old!  I am writing at this time to let you know that I am working hard to make sure our beautiful planet Earth will be just as luscious, green and magnificent as it is now—that you will have clean air to breathe and pure water to drink and clean water in which to swim, fish, kayak, snorkel, boat or whatever your interest might be. As you know I began volunteering with Elders Climate Action in the Spring of 2015. The work has given meaning to my life because I know it is for you and your children, actually for all the children of the future and the wildlife that is threatened. We must act now to make sure that the glaciers stop melting and the seas stop rising. We must act now to make sure that the energy which propels our lives comes not from oil and gas and coal, but from the sun, the wind, the geothermal waters and other forms of renewable energy. I am also taking a course called Regenerative Sustainable Living to learn how I personally can make changes to help reduce my carbon footprint, a phrase which may not be in use when this letter is opened. In addition to my work with ECA, we compost, we are about to plant a plot in a community garden, we are replacing our lightbulbs with LEDs and have greatly reduced our use of plastic bags. Our community of Walnut Creek has adopted a clean energy program and we have opted up to 100% which means that all of our electricity comes from renewable sources. I can do more I know and I will focus on learning more about what I can do. My hope is that with more and more people becoming aware of climate change and global warming, there will be great changes in how we live in order to save life on our planet.

With love and a great hope for the future, a future that will be healthy and sustainable for you, my precious grandchildren.

Ahmnya

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