Through our involvement in the Montana Moms Clean Air Force we were made aware of a truly remarkable project. Dear Tomorrow is an archive of letters participants write to their loved ones about climate change, which will then be released in 2030 and 2050 to both the recipients and the general public. We found the process of drafting a letter to the Younger Fives to be an extremely challenging yet inspiring process. Climate change is definitely on our minds as parents but putting our thoughts and intentions into words was no small task. Doing so, however, helped crystallize our commitment to act, knowing that our kids will have the opportunity to read our letters as adults. As parents we do a countless number of things each day to keep our kids safe and healthy; adding a few more to reduce our impact on the planet and push for collective climate action is a small but meaningful way to provide for their future.
While creating a DearTomorrow letter, photo, or video is a transformative experience, we’ve also been inspired by reading others’ contributions. We’ve included our letter below as well as others that provide a powerful snapshot of what climate change means to families; click an image to read more.
Finally, DearTomorrow is in the running for the Judge’s Choice award at the MIT Climate CoLab Conference in September. You can vote for them at the Conference web site (it just requires a super quick sign-up process).
Located just outside of Helena, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a true gem. The former Western Clay Manufacturing Co. that provided bricks to Helena and surrounding areas, the site has been a nonprofit educational arts institution since 1951. Since then over 600 ceramics artists from around the world have come here to work and teach, holding classes for adults and children, experts and beginners alike. The Foundation also has a gallery and store selling ceramics supplies to support its mission. Even if you can’t find the time to take a class (which we can’t wait to do this fall), spending a few hours roaming the grounds with Mount Helena as a backdrop is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From rusting equipment and crumbling structures to finished pieces and broken experiments, the Bray is an excellent place to lose yourself in a maze of art and history.
With Nana Five in for a visit, we decided to make our first trip north to Great Falls. We focused on three sites along the Missouri River, but that was plenty to keep us busy all day long. The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center was packed with information and activities; the kids got a first-hand taste of life in the Corps of Discovery and then spent hours inside the massive interpretive center following the path the party took and working through the activities in the Junior Ranger-esque Forest Service Packet. From there we picnicked just down the road at Giant Springs State Park and enjoyed the cool breeze blowing off of the 54 degree spring water. The spring serves as the headwaters of the Roe River, one of the world’s shortest at only 200 feet. Finally, we backtracked and headed over to the north bank of the Missouri to see Ryan Dam, the site of the Great Falls which gives the city its name. The best views are from Ryan Island, connected to the shore by a suspension bridge. After a day of learning about the epic portage around the falls, it was fun to end our trip with a use of rope that was way more fun!
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Giant Springs State Park
Great Falls / Ryan Island