Letters to the Future
The Paris Climate ProjectBy Various Authors
by Dan Bloom
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley has composed numerous novels and works of nonfiction.
A novelist and short story writer, T.C. Boyle has published 14 novels and more than 100 short stories.
An author, educator and environmentalist, Bill McKibben co-founded 350.org, a planet-wide grass-roots climate-change movement. He has written more than a dozen books.
A national radio commentator, writer and public speaker, Jim Hightower is also a New York Times best-selling author.
A teacher, author and speaker on the environment, agriculture, the food industry, society and nutrition, Michael Pollan's letter is adapted from an interview in Vice Magazine.
As a young boy growing up in Searchlight, the unique beauty of the Nevada desert was my home. Our family didn't travel or take vacations, but we were able to visit Fort Piute Springs which was just 15 miles from our home. Fort Piute Springs was a starkly beautiful place. From the gushing ponds of water to the beautiful lily pads and cattails, Fort Piute's beauty was magical. Decades later, I returned to visit Fort Piute Springs and found the magical place of my childhood in ruins. I remember thinking how sad it was that my descendants would never get to appreciate the stark beauty of the desert I cherished as a child. It was in that moment that I decided to fight to protect our environment.
A U.S. Senator from Nevada, Harry Reid is a longtime member of the Democratic Party and served a lengthy term as Senate majority leader.
Author of short stories, novels and essays, Pam Houston wrote the acclaimed Cowboys Are My Weakness, winner of the 1993 Western States Book Award.
I just flushed my toilet with drinking water. I know: you don't believe me: "Nobody could ever have been that stupid, that wasteful." But we are. We use air conditioners all the time, even in mild climates where they aren't a bit necessary. We cool our homes so we need to wear sweaters indoors in summer, and heat them so we have to wear T-shirts in mid-winter. We let one person drive around all alone in a huge thing called an SUV. We make perfectly good things—plates, cups, knives—then we use them just once, and throw them away. They're still there, in your time. Dig them up. They'll still be usable.
Geraldine Brooks is an Australian-American journalist and author, Her 2005 novel, March, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She became a U.S. citizen in 2002.
After 36 years as an astronaut—with a tenure that included four shuttle missions and three spacewalks—Stephen K. Robinson retired from NASA in 2012. He is now a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Davis.
Tamara Cheshire is an indigenous adjunct professor of anthropology and Native American studies in Sacramento, Calif.