Messages to the Future

 
 

I realized that I wanted to be able to tell you that I had done everything I could to leave you that just, sustainable world.

Dear Lucca and Sonia,

I’m writing this letter to you on December 26, 2017. You are both still young children, floating on the wonder of Santa’s visit.  By the time you see this letter, you may be older than your parents are now. You see, I’m writing this letter now as a kind of time capsule artifact, one you will open decades later. Right now we are beginning to experience the effects of climate change.

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I was not a politician and could not accomplish sweeping changes but I knew that each individual action taken counted.

To my beloved grandchildren Sam, Carlo and Price,

I am writing this in December 2017 but you will not see it until 2050 when each of you are in your 40’s. As you hopefully remember my family including the three of you were the most important people in my life. I used to "knock on wood" often and say a silent prayer for each of you and I would always include the "world" as I knew a healthy

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Each of us only has so much power and the problem is HUGE, but I worked at this every day.

Dear Tara,

I want you to know that while much of the world twiddled its thumbs and scratched its pointy head about whether humans could really have an impact on the climate, I was working every day to make your future life a little bit easier. Each of us only has so much power and the problem is HUGE, but I worked at this every day. I say this not to blow

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I realize my reflection of the past, current and future state of the environment paints a grim and pessimistic picture, but I feel optimistic in our ability to turn planet Earth’s fate around if we all work together and commit to making a change.

To My Friends, Family and Future Grandchildren,

I write you this letter out of concern for the sustainability of planet Earth and the ability to sustain future populations for many generations to come. Over the past decades we have witnessed many undesirable environmental consequences to human activity. The population has increased by one billion since 2007. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and water, air and soil pollution are at an all-time high. I often ponder what unforeseen

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This is my most important work.

Dear Alex and Vivian,

When I was a teenager I first crossed an Icefield with the Juneau Icefield Research Program. I had only camped once before, so this experience was formative. Traveling back last summer as faculty filled me with such joy.  Then sadness registered.  Valley walls showed the scrape of ice that once existed. I won’t be paralyzed. The consequences of climate change are speeding forward affecting real people and wild spaces. I am your

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What has most inspired me to act is wanting to be able to look you in the eye and say, “When I became aware of the existential threat of climate change, I did all I could.”  Despite my pessimism, I act in the hope it can make a difference for future generations and all the precious life on our fragile planet.

Dear Evan,

December 28, 2017 One of the most exciting organizations I’ve come across this year regarding climate change is “Dear Tomorrow.” It’s a digital and archive project that encourages people to share letters, photos and videos with their children and family (or even future self!) about their promise to take action on climate change. The organization I’m helping build, Elders Climate Action, has recently entered into a partnership with Dear Tomorrow. We are

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I know life is throwing a fit of problems but I know you can handle it like you handled last year's hurricane.

Dear me,

I'm sending this letter to remind you that you can stop and rest for awhile. I know life is throwing a fit of problems but I know you can handle it like you handled last year's hurricane. Everything will be fine, just hold on to that. Love yourself the way you wanted to be loved, never let them say otherwise. Decide on your own. Know which path to travel. Forgive

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I am begging all of you beautiful souls - continue to band together, keep advocating and making change to stop climate change.

I hope it’s not too late…

I am begging all of you beautiful souls - continue to band together, keep advocating and making change to stop climate change. My heart aches and is heavy knowing what past generations of our species have done to our amazing planet. And what we are doing now in 2017...  It is not too late.  Go vegan, animal agriculture contributes to climate change more than the entire transportation sector combined. That

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I want us to come up and fight.

Dear to myself

Hi to my future in year 2020, I want us to come up and fight and make a new generation have a great world with clean world, without pollution so the animal can live in our world without problem and happy. don't put the oil into the ocean help the fish and other fish. Don't build many industry so the air pollution don't happen and the atmosphere can be save

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How? It’s simple. Start voting for policy towards a greener environment, use less single use plastics, don’t litter, support systems for sustainability, drive less, and use solar. You’re not alone.

Dear Tomorrow,

I waited to the end of my class to write this letter. I decided to wait because I wanted to learn as much as I could. I wanted to reflect on my journey. As I have learned so much about the care the Earth needs now, I find it ironic... I waited, and that is the deadliest thing we can do with our planet now. For those of you reading this

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I hope this change begins to grow.

Dear Tomorrow,

We hope that this letter finds you well, and that you are able to be proud of the world we have left you. Today, I see that as a hope, but not realistic. We are hurting this planet at an alarming rate. The beautiful animals we see on the endangered species list, may just be pictures in a textbook to you. I pray this is not what the future will

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Every day I’m inspired by the passion of people to create real change.

Dear Maxine,

In the year 1990, we already knew our climate was changing due to humans, but at that time many scientists were shy about raising the alarm, outside of academic publications and conferences.  We were also naive in thinking that if we showed everyone our evidence of the human connection, and more importantly the projections for 2030, 2050 and 2100, we’d start to see real change. We were wrong. People didn’t

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Please take the time to focus on what you envision as important.

Dear Bryson, Wade, Ada, Liam, Hank, & Lila,

Please take the time to focus on what you envision as important. I do not mean material things or what you term is "successful." Rather, what makes the difference in terms of making relationships better, the beauty and the splendor of flora and fauna, living in the present, and recognizing that having "things" or "the case of the gimmes" or "wants versus needs" are irrelevant in the scheme of life's

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It's not enough to just recycle. I will sign petitions and call my local representatives. I will also engage in conversations about climate change - even with people with whom I don't see eye-to-eye.

To my future children,

I write to you today on a very cold November day, a little over a year since Trump won the 2016 presidential election. It's been a challenging year in a lot of ways - both on a global level in terms of what's been going on in the news but also in my personal life. I think tough times push us in ways we did not expect to be be

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It’s my hope that the following will be helpful as you navigate your futures.  These are the confessions of a climate activist:

To My Grandchildren,

Rampant climate change is break’n my heart. I am so, so sorry.  My generation had a chance to stop global warming in its tracks.  But, we didn’t succeed.  Yet, we learned so much from our failures at trying (isn’t that always so?). It’s my hope that the following will be helpful as you navigate your futures.  These are the confessions of a climate activist: Regret:  Many in my generation, myself included, assumed for

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Solo quiero que sepas que algunos como yo somos conscientes de lo que está pasando y quisiéramos poder hacer cosas para cambiar todo.

Hola mi querido hijo Felipe;

Hoy estoy acá sosteniéndote en mis brazos casi dormido mientras a escribo esto, eres mi bebe solo tienes 7 meses que cumpliste el día de ayer, tienes los ojos más hermosos del mundo pues reflejan tu alma pura, cuando veo tu carita solo quiero que realmente seas feliz toda tu vida. Ahora cuando pienso en las cosas que pueden pasar en el futuro cercano debido al daño que le hemos hecho

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