My dear little grandson, even if you are only 5 years old, you have a big job ahead of you. Quite simply, you have to save the world!
This is not a video game either, but Real life.
You may ask, Why me?
Well, your great grandparents, grandparents and parents have contrived to mess up the world to the point that it is dying. Your cousins in Beijing can’t go out and run around in the fresh air for exercise because there is not any fresh air. In fact, the five year olds are kept home from school and forced to wear masks just to keep from becoming ill with the air pollution.
The five year olds in Africa have to drink dirty water, the Inuit villagers are losing their land and islands in the Pacific are being drowned.
You may think to yourself that you may not have the power to change anything big enough to save our dying oceans, warming air and deforested jungles.
You would be wrong.
I remember that my niece once had a lesson at school that turned her into the water police at home. It made a difference that this 8 year old girl could get her parents to save water and be mindful of the waste of a dripping faucet.
If a third grader could have influence, then a five year old can too. Just think of the power over your parents when you ask for something, like a new video game, going to see the new Star Wars movie, or get the new password to their iPad.
When you have that power to influence the Big People, don’t forget to tell them that it is their job to help you save the world, so that you can enjoy the fresh air and water that former five year olds did.
The reason that I say that the five year olds are powerful today is that they are smart. You can understand social media. You can get in contact with other five year-old persons and tell them to try to save the world with you.
With the power of the internet, which you already understand, you can make your future better. With a little help from your friends you can save it. Just be mindful. Don’t take things for granted. Be thankful that you can go to school and talk to your generation to help them become mindful of the planet’s problems.
What are some of the things that you have to pay attention to?
You can make sure that your family recycles the stuff that comes from the stores. You can clean your plate, so that the food is not wasted. You can make sure that the gutters are not filled with plastic and the beaches are not littered.
Every year children turn out in droves to clean the beaches, as this lessens the amount of trash going into our oceans and killing the sea life.
You can keep asking what else you and your family can do to save our world.
The power of one can be magnified, and the power of many always makes a difference.
I am not asking you to grow up and stop the wars, achieve gun control, or erase hunger. Your job is much bigger than that.
You have to start now to save us all, because if there is no planet with plenty of oxygen, no fish in the sea, then we are nowhere.