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To Our Three Daughters

Posted: 05/12/07 12:45 PM ET

We hope that by the time you read this, the solutions to global warming will be well under way. You already know from living with us, how concerned we are about this problem. Sometimes, we go over board with our reactions to everyday annoyances like over -packaged products, leaving lights on in the room, taking too long a shower or leaving your chargers in the wall. We embarrass you when we glare at hummer drivers and or get emotional when we talk about drowning polar bears. But we do this because all of the things that we love and care about are at stake. We do this because we do not want the day to come when you ask us why we did not do more.

We want you to be able to enjoy snowy winters. We want you to be able to cool off between your sheets on summer nights. We want you to see the leaves change colors when they're supposed to. We want you to visit Yellowstone National Park and spot a bear. If you get a mosquito bite, we want it to itch, not carry a deadly disease. We don't want your generation to be the generation that is defined by mass species extinction. We want you to live in a world where we face the truth about our problems and do everything we can to solve them. We want you to grow up to be activists.

That's why we wrote our book, The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming. It's for girls like you and yes, boys, too. The more people who understand global warming, the better chance we have at bringing about change -- change as individuals and change as a country. Change means accepting the fact that the way we are living is causing huge damage to our planet. Change means that once we accept that responsibility, doing everything in our power to correct our course. Change means hope, not despair. Once you understand global warming, you understand how much you can do to solve it. Time is of the essence...lets get started.

We love you so much,

Your mothers,
Laurie David and Cambria Gordon

 
 
 

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