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A Letter To Your Great-Great Grandchildren

A Letter To Your Great-Great Grandchildren

“To my great great grandchildren”

By Joan Marshall, ECA Member

I don’t know your name or even if you’re alive, but I’m doing all I can to make sure you survive.

I’m your great-great grandmother who lived a century ago in a world far different from the one you must know.

For I was given a world by those who came before me that was abundant and beautiful…

miraculous to see. But we were arrogant and wasteful, caring only for today, with no thought for your tomorrow…or the price you must pay.

Too late, we understood all the damage we had done to the earth and all its creatures, as the web of life unspun.

Though my days now are waning, this I promise to do…Fight the senseless greed and lies and try to save this world….for you.

This wonderful letter writing campaign is the brain child of Elders for Climate Action, one of our GRANDPartners for GRANDParents.


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We are grandparents, we are baby boomers, we are from the Greatest Generation.  With age has come the wisdom, the perspective, and the understanding that we are the guardians of future generations.  We have arrived at the undeniable realization that if we don’t do something now, our grandchildren and future generations will suffer from our inaction.

Even if we recycle, compost, solar power our own homes and conserve water, it isn’t enough to stop the tidal wave of climate change.  Without strong policies to curb carbon emissions we won’t be able to make a big enough difference, fast enough.

That is why Elders Climate Action was formed.  To mobilize and unite our voices to bring this message to our leaders.  The time has come to stop playing political football with our grandchildren’s future.  No matter on what side of the debate you sit, all our grandchildren will be affected and it is time to come together to solve this problem.  It won’t be easy, but it is critical and we can do it, together.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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