Back a few days ago the Times-Standard ran a “My Word” about the future of our planet from a very aware 14-year-old who lives in a small town in Northwest California. Since then local right-winger-climate deniers have been going crazy. How dare some child call out our ignorance and greed.
Well, we thought it was great. Since many of our readers haven’t seen it, here it is:
Hello, my name is Kaden Hunter Crosby, and I have just turned 14. I live in the small town of Orleans, California. It is a beautiful place but is slowly slipping away due to climate change.
As I write this letter I am filled with fear for the future of our planet. I simply request that our country leaders, businessmen, spiritual leaders, tribal leaders, and every human on this beautiful world of ours to look at how far we have come.
It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, religious or not, conservative or liberal. It doesn’t matter. We’re all human and we all face a common threat, climate change.
So I ask you this, do you know of any other species that has made it as far as we have? Do you know of any other species that can make it to the moon or tells stories about real or unreal subjects? Do you know of any other species that has mastered electricity like we have?
We can now cure diseases that once wiped out entire tribes of our ancestors. Look at how our ancestors of our great country came together to fight the Nazis with our allies. We should not push them away but bring them closer along with new ones.
As we look back on our country we see that we have made many mistakes but there are also times when have come together as a nation to fight a common foe. This is one of those times. So please don’t let it all end because of our greed and hubris.
I also ask you this: Who will watch your movies and buy your merchandise when we’re all gone? Who will dine at your restaurant when we’re all gone? Who will vote for you and support your laws and ideals when we’re all gone? Who will shop at your stores when we’re all gone? Who will buy your video games and read your books when we’re all gone? Who will come to your for spiritual advice when we’re all gone? I ask you these questions and hope that you can take it to heart.
I would give up everything that I have so that people on this earth can have a chance at a life. So they learn about how beautiful life here is, not about how we messed it up.
We cannot keep sticking our heads in the sand and hope that things will get better. This is the time that we come together as a people as a nation, as a planet, and show that we can build a better future for our children.
We have to start making big changes or all that we accomplished is for naught. You have had a childhood; why can’t future generations have one, too? Why can’t we come together and build a brighter future for the next generations?
Please, we have 12 short years to start making big changes. We need to take this opportunity to make our earth livable again. I am only 14. I don’t want to live in a world of the dead and the dying. I don’t want to have my children and their future children living in this hell of a home. To tell them that we had a chance but were too greedy and pigheaded to change. So I hope that with this letter I can inspire you to take action. For the future of all that lives on this beautiful earth.
Kaden Hunter Crosby resides in Orleans.