Sent on by
Liana DeMasi
Send Your Own Message

To Our Great Grandchildren,

I hope so deeply that you get to be children. I want to work towards a world that does not demand your action upon your conception. I want you to be born into a world that demands your joy, your sadness, your curiosity, your hunger, your vitality, your blissfulness, with no contingency plans. I do not wish for a world in which your umbilical cord is cut moments before someone tasks you with “being a part of the generation that will fix things.” I do not just wish this because it will be too late, then, but I wish this because I want you to be born into a world that grants you your adolescence.

Today, in 2021, I am working harder every day to eliminate waste, plastic, and excess from my life. Here, in 2021, that feels radical, revolutionary. And it ought to, because under capitalism, it is. I am working towards intense purpose and action, but also towards rest – towards self-forgiveness. I am working towards ridding my whole essence of capitalism. I am working on kindness, patience. I am working on throwing away “The Leviathan,” on keeping the door unlocked. I am composting, turning the lights off, and calling my representatives. I am sending out my political and environmental action-based newsletter. I am pondering a nap. Maybe I will arrive at one. I am doing this for you. For me, but for you. So that you might arrive at a nap with ease.

I am hanging on to the one part of church that stuck with me – to love thy neighbor. I am trying, earnestly, to love the people I find it difficult to like, the most. Perhaps they need it. Perhaps Joe Manchin needs to be approached with kindness (this was hard to type). This does not mean with disregard for action. Maybe we ought to be giving coal and natural gas-heavy states, the families that have been in those industries for generations, some better foresight into the future. Maybe we ought to say less of, “I’m sorry, but,” and more of “I’m sorry, and.” Like, “I’m sorry, and to showcase that, here’s how we plan to help your family not just survive, but thrive.” Or, “I’m sorry, and so here’s a list of community organizations that are helping families cope with the changes we’re expecting from this.”

I am trying to lead with love, so that you can lead with innocence. And maybe I’ll get to meet you. Maybe the stories I’ll tell you will be from the years we almost didn’t make it, until we remembered who we were.

Share on:
 
Send Your Own Message

More Messages to the Future

 

Paz e bem

Vivamos a vida com intensidade, Não nos importando a localidade.

 

dear tomorrow,

I hope that the state of the environment becomes a part of everyday discourse.

 

Dear Future Ryan,

I promise to be a knight in the campaign of truth seeking.

 

Dear Tomorrow

Stay Cool and Save the Whales

 

Dear Tristan,

I am doing this to protect you, the food, water, air and biodiversity of a country that I love.

 

To Annika, Anders, Stella, Eva, and Mickey,

In writing to you, I realize that I don’t want you to be hard on yourself if you choose to not make this your cause. But it is mine, so I hope that you hold me accountable to some of what I wrote here.

 

Queridos filhos Heloísa e Henzo,

Tenho muito orgulho da minha função (agente de fiscalização ambiental do Acre) pois é através dela que posso dar um pouco do meu suor, para que no futuro ambos possam ter um lugar melhor para viver.

 

Dear Child,

Hope we get to have that snowball fight I always dreamed we’d have.

 

To anyone who has heard my music,

I promise to care about the planet.

 

My dearest children Ameilia and Alivia, 

I want you to hear the whispers of the seasons changing. The rustling of leaves as they gracefully cascade down from their limbs in the fall, birds singing in spring, and frogs that serenade the summer night.

 

Dear Emile and Eloise,

The beauty and majesty of the world of your childhood is as remarkable as the beauty and majesty of mine, but the fragility of your childhood world is so much greater.

 

Dear Chay and Kate,

Don’t ever let anyone tell you your actions don’t matter. Every single thing you do matters. You matter.

View All Messages

Send Your Own Message