Letter from the Future

Amy of the future writes a letter that highlights the effects of climate change without fully realizing it because she has partly grown used to her routine. 

   Dear reader, I am writing a letter to you in order to explain what it is like to live my life in my time because I may never get back to it again. Though my personal life is usually extremely far from interesting or entertaining, I thought that it is important to share. So, here is a day in my life…

   I will start off by giving a little background about myself. My name is Amy Roberts and I am 13 years old. I go to Central Middle School and am in the 8th grade. I am an only child with a mom and a dad. When I was four, we moved from a beachside suburb to the city. We were forced to do this because the water levels were beginning to get too high and there were too many dangerous wildfires in the forests nearby. I wish that these things never happened and we could have stayed. Well, I guess I will go ahead and talk about earlier today.

   This morning, on 08 November 2049, I woke up at around 5:00. I woke up so early because school starts at 6:00 and it always takes a while to get ready and to get there. As soon as I got out of bed, I went and took a shower. Today, even the two minute water timer was long enough for me. My mom and dad told me that when they were younger, everyone was able to use as much water as they liked. Now, there are many restrictions put in place for water preservation. After my shower, I finished getting ready and then got dressed. For breakfast, I had some plain distributed cereal again because the good food costs too much. Honestly, I am never fully satisfied after eating a meal. After I finished, I put on my shoes and air pollution mask and headed out the door.

   Next, I began my walk to school. My parents talked about riding the school bus when they were kids, but I have never seen one in real life. Actually, the only vehicles that I see around now are electric cars, but there are not tons of them because most people cannot afford them. When I travel to school, it is always important to walk fast because it is not good to stay outside for too long, though I have to be careful because of my asthma. Nobody wants to get heatstroke! That is another reason why school starts early and why most people try to stay inside whenever they can. Also, there is another heatwave going on currently, even worse than the last. Lately, the temperatures keep rising and rising and do not seem like they are going to cool down anytime soon.

   Finally, I reached my destination, Central Middle School. As I opened the door, I was relieved by a blast of cool air conditioning. Then, I walked into the building and headed to my first period class, science. I love science! When I grow up, I want to be a scientist, just like my parents used to be. I want to make a difference in the world, I want to help people live better lives. Because this is my dream, I always work very hard in science class, while most of the other students do not care. After science, I had my other classes which include English, Mathematics, History, Technology, Physical Education, Art, and Study Hall. Also, I had lunch somewhere in the middle of my day. Each period is one hour long, so the full school day lasts for around nine hours. It is very hard for me to stay concentrated during school in the dark, boring, closed off classrooms deprived from windows along with spending the entire day using technology.

   As soon as the final bell rang, I sped through the halls and lunged out the doors. I was in such a hurry to get back home that I accidentally ran into multiple people on the streets. A few minutes later, I ended up home and got busy with my homework. I worked for about two hours and relaxed for one. Then, I went to greet my parents who arrived at home. I love my parents and I constantly worry about them because of their health problems. My dad has respiratory disease and my mom has mental health issues. Also, both of my parents have to work terribly long hours to support the family. I am too young to work, but in a few years I will try to get a small job to work after school. Later, we ate dinner as a family but it was not enough. I try to never complain though, because I understand and appreciate what they do for me.

   During dinner, my parents told me the big, scary news. They said that we are moving once again. I asked the obvious questions, why, where, and when, but they did not give me much detail. They said that they have been told about the creation of an underground society and that we were going to help with it. At first, I was very confused, but once they explained a little more, I am now looking forward to the transition. My parents said that life here is becoming too dangerous and we need to be protected from the outside world. 

   After I left my parents, I went to my room and began writing this. Now, it is almost 21:00 and I have to get ready for bed. I really do not know what is going to happen to me, but I wanted to share and to document my little part in history.

   Sincerely, Amy Roberts.

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