Messages to the Future

 
 

To laugh at our efforts as they were on such a small scale, too small some would say to make a difference, and then smile when we think about the number families just like ours that did the same thing.

Happy 34th birthday my son.

Cyron, As I sit here and write this letter to you 33 years ago I never thought this day would come. The day that I have to explain what happened to our world. I write to you today in hopes that the world you are living in is in better shape than we are currently on track for leaving you. From my birth I have seen the world change in dramatic

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I promise you (myself in the future haha) to keep the faith in my dreams.

To myself, my family, and all the world,

I don't know who will be there to read my letter first, maybe my family, maybe a person who doesn't know me. However, thank you, thank you because you're there to listen me in this moment to know how I see the future and how I think to change it. Also, you need to know that it's important to me, I don't know if I'm crazy but I want to

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Deeply rooted within you, you have a connection to the world around you that many previous generations have neglected or written off. Trust it.

To the dreamers of tomorrow,

Whenever I consider the future of our planet, I cannot imagine the hardships that your generation will bear. Each day, I see the consequences of our collective action affecting the natural rhythms of the world around me. The animals are confused, the people are confused and answers seem hard to come by. In all of this confusion, it will be easy to blame the adults around you. Your resentment is justified.

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I strongly believe that if we were to educate young minds on what exactly is happening to our planet more young people would feel an obligation to do something about it.

Dear future self,

What does sustainability mean to You? To 21 year old self: sustainability is a broad term with seemingly infinite ways to classify it. To me sustainability is living a life with a conscious approach to what ramifications come with actions. As a species we have done a pitiful job of maintaining and managing our home. Upon taking this course I believed that I wasn't the problem but I like many are

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Everything dovetails and, in turn, cascades. That’s the issue with climate change; sooner or later, some facet of it hunts you down.

To my nieces and nephews, and all others who follow in my footsteps,

Six years ago now I clambered along cliffs in the Pyrenees, along the craggy and outwardly inhospitable Spanish side of the range. Even in the heat of high summer, the mountains remained a retreat; snow shimmered on distant peaks while birds circled and wheeled above-- particular vultures that I’d come to see, restricted always to mountain ranges but now only present in any number here. The prior year I had been

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You see, the raw and nasty nature of the world we live in is a blessing in disguise, without them we would not be able to cherish the moments that take our breath away.

To my Grandchildren and to future generations,

I am sitting here in my room of my apartment writing this letter to you in the year 2018 of March. A lot has been going on around myself and my peers in regards to the continuous change of attitudes, engagement and the overall change in lifestyle. Coming out of high school I chose to see the world in all of its tragedy and malevolence. These thoughts and attitudes festered

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I hope you will feel empowered by nature, like you are invincible and can rule the world. Because you can.

To Future Daring, Wild Girls,

My greatest memories so far in life have been experiences that I have had in nature. I will treasure my memories of camping in northern Michigan each summer. The sun beating on my back as we would paddle down the cool, clean waters of the Manistee River. The shade and refuge the green, lush trees provided us when we were so exhausted and couldn't travel any further. The sandy shores

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The year is 2018, and I believe that fixing this problem will the start of a great domino effect.

Dear Future Joel,

Dear self, I hope that this letter finds you well, and that you are able to be proud of the world we have left you. I hope you did as our “nagging” mother instructed and ate well, you know your health depended on it. I currently look into the future with both frightened and optimistic eyes. I fear what is to eventually befall you. I may not see into the future

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I desperately hope that future generations live in a world that isn’t on the edge of collapse.

To my future family,

Today, we live in a world where money controls everything. While I do not expect this to ever change, it means that people exist, knowing what they are doing to our precious planet, and continue to destroy it for a profit. People exist who adamantly deny that we as a human race are affecting the changing climate. People refuse to see the harm we are doing and how we can

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I don’t regret my past ventures, nor do I believe I will regret my future ventures, but I’ve learned that I've needed to manifest these experiences into actions of sustainable development and conservation and protection of our environment.

Dear Future Me: Only open after March 4th, 2050

Dear Future Self, I have a confession to make, I didn’t do enough to save our Mother Gaia. When I was in my mid-20s, every opportunity or chance I had I would travel to a new land, country, and culture to explore every beautiful 'nook and cranny' of our earth. I wanted to soak in earth’s mysterious beauty and elegance as it's where I felt the most free to be lost within

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For the sake of the Earth and all of its inhabitants, we need to preserve the biodiversity and natural wonders, beauties, and landscapes it has to offer.

To my family, friends, and generations to come,

We as a species have managed to transform the world in unimaginable ways, and it’s not all good. For the sake of the Earth and all of its inhabitants, we need to preserve the biodiversity and natural wonders, beauties, and landscapes it has to offer. I promise to do my best to ensure that future generations won’t have to fight to be able to care for the Earth. I promise

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I am writing this letter as a promise to you that I am going to continue to make changes in my life that will better your lives.

Dear Future Children,

I am writing this letter to you as I sit in Starbucks on March 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm. By the time you read this letter, you may be getting ready to move away from home and will be entering your young adult life. You are preparing to live on your own and develop traits that will ultimately shape you as a person. I am writing this letter in hopes to

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Never before would I have said that I am one to take initiative.

To my future children,

Today I stand on the precipice of the rest of my life. Through my life I've struggled, and today I face perhaps the greatest challenge my generation will come to know. The world is changing. I fondly remember my childhood in California running around the Redwoods and playing at Glass Beach. Now however, deforestation claims hundreds of acres every day and companies want to drill for oil on our beautiful

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I just want you to know that I am doing all that I can so that you can live a safe and healthy life, just like myself and my mother and her mother have lived.

Dear Daughter/Son,

I am writing you this letter on March 1st 2018. You probably won’t see this letter until you are all grown up and already have kids of your own, and by that time I hope it’s not too late. I am writing you this letter in hopes that you have followed after my footsteps in trying to preserve this beautiful Earth that our family has called home for thousands and

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Hopefully you are able to grow up in a green world that has been improved over and over by the generations before you.

Dear Grandchildren,

Hopefully by the time you read this letter our world is a much better place. Hopefully you are able to grow up in a green world that has been improved over and over by the generations before you. You will have halted the negative effects of climate change and reversed the effects that you can. Hopefully by this time politicians will be working together to invest in the most importance

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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.

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

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I felt it was my responsibility to contribute to the reversal of these harmful environmental impacts because they will directly and negatively affect you.

To future generations,

I am currently working towards a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies right now to help preserve the earth for you. My hope is that by the time you're my age, climate change has begun its reversal and sustainable energy has become more prevalent than fossil fuels. After learning about climate change, ocean acidification, air and water pollution, fresh water shortage, and unsustainable agricultural practices, I felt it was my responsibility

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There will be stories told to you by your grandparents and uncle on how I was a strange, eclectic woman that dressed in secondhand clothes and worked at an animal rescue and vintage store in my teenage years

To My Future Children,

I’m writing you this letter on March 1, 2018. You are a thought in my mind, in the distant future, a future I hope can become more progressive as we grow and develop new technologies. You never see this, but I want to document this letter to write it to look back and see how we have progressed as a world. As effects of climate change set in, we have

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It affects everyone. It does not spare the rich or the privileged, although those systemically oppressed and with less access to a healthy environment are at a higher risk for climate change effects.

To My Future Children and Grandchildren…

I was born in northern Michigan, surrounded by clean, beautiful lakes. I grew up believing that I promise to think of others who are less privileged than me when I work towards sustainable development. you were, there was a lake nearby. I ran down the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. I swam in the waters of Lake Michigan a countless number of times. I hiked the trails, watching the beautiful views

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I promise to never get caught up in the haves and have nots and instead focus on what more I could be doing.

Dear Tim,

I write you this letter in early 2018, during a concerningly warm and mild Chicago winter. Throughout your last winter quarter, you decided to enroll in a sustainability class. Prior to taking the class, you were naive to the topic, but as the weeks went by, you began to understand how bad of a shape the planet is in. It made you question those in charge while also asking yourself,

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