Letter about grandchildren and great-grandchildren…
To the Editor,
What are we being told by thinkers and scientists about the years ahead?
Some predict to just 2030, some go to 2050 and some predictions go to 2300. I am very concerned as many of our grandchildren and great grandchildren will be living into the next century. It is important that we start seriously planning for their future, so they may have as good a life as we have had, or better.
The predictions we hear today are often very pessimistic. Climate change seems to be at the top of many peoples’ concerns, with less food available, flooded coastal areas and massive migrations.
What about the continuing population explosion which has been going on for longer than the past century?
Today we have 90 million refugees. As that number increases. How will they be integrated into different societies so they can fulfill their human potential?
And perhaps the biggest question of all: will the earth still be inhabitable?
I am thinking of nuclear warfare.
I mention these problems facing us to show that we have much to do, to ensure a good life for those who are coming after us. We all want the best possible,
but it will take great effort on our part. Nothing is more important and valuable than the well-being of our decedents.
Please think seriously so planning can start now.
There are times I feel I must rush off in pursuit of hopefulness.
A few words from Chief Seattle may be appropriate now: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”