Dear Future Cyberarchivist,
On this day, September 8, 2019, Hurricane Dorian, after destroying several islands in the Bahamas,
Most of the countries of the world have banded together in an accord known as the Paris Agreement to work together to reduce carbon emissions and stop rising global temperatures.
However my country, the United States of America, the wealthiest and most powerful country on the planet and the second greatest producer of the carbon emissions that are causing greenhouse gases and global warming, is not participating in the Paris Agreement.
- repealing laws protecting our water and air quality;
- cutting back regulations on the emission of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas;
- rescinding a law banning old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs and requiring Americans to use only high energy-efficient light bulbs.
Some people say that Donald Trump is mad. And yet others worship him like a god.
You, historian of the future, may ponder how a democratic nation such as the United States of America is - or maybe, as it may turn out, once was - elected such a man as its leader. Living at this moment, I can only tell you that these are strange times.
And so, though we human beings may lose - or, as you read this, did lose- this moment to save the health of our planet and subsequently our own health and well-being, at this moment there is still hope on the horizon.
There is a cadre of new young progressive leaders in our government who oppose Donald Trump and his careless, poisonous policies and have taken up the cause of global warming.
One of these leaders,
Meanwhile the planet drowns and burns.
But next year, in 2020, there will be another election in this country, and we of the United States of America will have the opportunity to vote out Donald Trump and our current legislators and vote in a new President and leaders who who would take up the Green New Deal and join the rest of the world in the fight to stop global warming. And in this outcome - remote as it might be - lies our last hope.
And though you, Future Archivist, know whether at this moment in time we humans chose to save our world for ourselves, our children, and for future generations, or whether we passed on to all of you a ruined, less sustainable, less productive, less pleasant and livable planet, this is the moment.
This is the moment.