One week after his birth (on 21st September 2014) Theo, our son was with us in Newcastle on a climate change march set up by his Father, David.
David stood up in front of over 350 people in the town centre and read out a letter ‘from Theo’,
” Hi, my name is Theo and although you probably don’t know me yet, I am citizen 7 billion, 221 million, 25 thousand and 989th on this planet. I was born last week.
I wanted to say, “Hi” and to let you know that it has only been a short while, but I love this planet as it is.
I know you may think that growth or GDP, economic stability and global competitiveness are what I need. But what I really need is: clean air, clean water, birds to look at, bats to eat insects, bees to pollinate, lovely clean beaches to play on and not too many freak weather events.
When I am my Dad’s age, we will be in the year 2050 and I hope you can keep global temperatures to less than 2′ C. hotter than today, no more, please!
If I am lucky than I will even live to see the year 2100! I can take on the batten long before that, but I just ask that you don’t destroy my beautiful planet before I have even grown up! Thank you!
Good Luck in New York, not a place I know yet, we are depending on you.
To see the coverage in the regional paper on the march and our expedition, click here.