To the Leaders of the World
This letter is written by a father on behalf of his daughter and all the children of the world
Dear Leaders of the World,
I am a third grade student in elementary school. Thanks to your leadership, I am living in an era of relative peace and prosperity. Like most children in your country, I am able to eat well, dress warmly and receive a good education. I know that it is not an easy task to satisfy the needs of so many people. The burden on your shoulders must be enormous. On behalf of all the children of the world, I thank you for what you have done. Without the hard working adults of this world, we would not have nearly the quality of life that we are enjoying today.
Time goes by quickly. In ten years, I will say goodbye to my youth and became an adult. By then, the young adults of my generation will start to take over some of the burdens from your shoulders. Gradually, we will be responsible for taking care of our parents and our children, just as you are doing right now. With the good education you have made available to us, I am confident that we will be able to handle this duty well; however we will face one tremendous obstacle.
To support the needs of a huge population, people need tremendous amounts of natural resources such as clean air, clean water, arable land, energy, minerals, and most importantly, a favorable climate. However, according to what I have seen and learned, all of those precious natural resources are diminishing fast. I see the smog in the air. I see the trees that are being cut down so that buildings can be built. I also have learned that the energy reserves and minerals underground are running low quickly. Recently, the scientific community has predicted that, due to human activities, a substantial climate change is very likely to happen in our life time. All of these issues worry me. How can we support a growing population with diminished natural resources in a much more hostile environment?
I understand that we will be left with a lot of buildings, roads, cars, and belongings. However, most of those man made objects are not able to produce the vital resources we need to feed people. What we need are what our great-grandparents had when they inherited the world, birds flying in the crystal clean sky, fish swimming in blue ocean and clear lakes, deer running in the woods, rabbits hopping in the meadow, and abundant energy resources hidden underneath the ground for emergency use. I am not sure if that is what we are going to inherit when we grow up. Certainly, I hope we can give these things to our children, grandchildren, and their progeny. After all, only those natural resources really matter to them.
The world is very complicated. You have a lot of things to consider when you formulate policy. However, I do hope that you keep our future needs in mind when you make your difficult decisions. In the end, our ability to take care of our parents and our children is largely in your hands.