by Jill Kubit, co-founder of DearTomorrow
New Year’s Resolutions.
Every year, I think about the things I want to do differently. A perennial favorite: I will run more. I start the year off strong, but I backslide as my enthusiasm wears down and my schedule gets busy. I always have the idea that I can pick it up again or that I can try again next year. And this is true for many things in our lives. But what happens when we are out of time and we don’t have another chance? …
Letters from Climate Dads shared in celebration of Father’s Day
Climate Dads, a new movement of fathers calling for solutions to combat climate change, is launching. To kick off their campaign, dads from around the country are writing and sharing DearTomorrow letters dedicated to their children and grandchildren. Today, we are sharing three powerful letters from their Father’s Day launch.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers and grandfathers working to create a safe and healthy future for their children, grandchildren and future generations.
Dear Abigail and Olivia,
Maybe one day, you’ll both be lucky enough to have children…
Climate Dads launches this Father’s Day, June 17, 2018.
Founded by Ben Block, a father living in Philadelphia, PA, Climate Dads’ is creating a movement of fathers working to promote solutions to climate change. For their launch, Climate Dads is collecting and sharing DearTomorrow letters about how climate change affects their lives and their children’s futures — and how they promise to be part of the solution.
In celebration of the Climate Dads launch, we are sharing with you Ben Block’s DearTomorrow letter to his 10-month-old son Corey.
I’m writing to you from a time in the past…
An anonymous DearTomorrow letter
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 too long that the ‘important people’ would take real climate change action, and that all we had to do was…
A DearTomorrow letter submitted by Krista Kihlander
I have wept for the mere thought of your potential nonexistence. I have wept for your beauty that is being tarnished with each passing day, each passing minute. And lastly, I have wept for the ignorant majority who take for granted the sun rising each day.
Tomorrow becomes more and more frightening each and every day as more and more people assume someone else will solve the global warming crisis we are currently facing. They remain bystanders because they believe the problem is too great for one single person to take…
A DearTomorrow letter from Stacy Dever Levy to her three children.
My dear Honeys,
Nothing is more powerful than a mother’s love for her child. When you were born and I looked into your eyes, each of yours, I felt a love so rich, so true. I knew I would do anything to protect you. I still feel that. Nothing can motivate me to action like thinking you need something.
I recently found the courage inside myself to face a truth: all the healthy food and conscious parenting in the world won’t save you from a planet that doesn’t have…
A DearTomorrow letter written by Ryan Wilson to his two children.
Dear Seamus and Tuva,
You are now roughly the age I am now, and the world has, no doubt, changed in ways I can only imagine sitting here about to start another year of teaching middle school English. Ahhh. Accept… accept…accept…
It’s exciting to think that you might be reading this, thinking about your own children. Please tell me you see each other (and us) often, like once a week. Okay, that you at least make your best effort.
As you remember, Mama and I encouraged you to be…
A DearTomorrow letter written by Joylette Portlock to her two sons.
Dear X — , Dear A — ,
My sons. Now 7 and 4 years old. My eyes just suddenly filled with tears, realizing the struggles that we face here in 2016, and my deepest hopes that your future is filled with a happiness that is strong enough to face the challenges you will certainly face. This is not going to be my best writing; it is hard to put what I am feeling into words.
I am supposed to be writing to you about climate change, and my…
A DearTomorrow letter written by MJ Coren
We will look back on our time here and ask, “What did I do?”
And maybe more appropriately, “What did all of us do when we knew that it was our honor to ensure your future was better than our own. That you had a future at all.”
Most days, I suspect, most of us were trapped on the ever accelerating Ferris wheel of consumption and fear and striving dominating life in 21st century America. Whipped around until our senses were a blur. Yet you might have glimpsed the start of something different…
This week we are sharing the very first letter written for the DearTomorrow project. It tells of the story behind DearTomorrow, which now contains over 650 personal messages about climate change action. It all began with the words “Dear Eleanor”.
You are not yet a year old. And I love you dearly. And I wanted to write you a letter to open in 50 years. You see, I just came back from a conference in Iceland. I’m on the plane right now watching the sunset for 4 hours as we chase it through the sky. I gave a…