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Tuesday, December 29th
Good morning. We’re switching things up a little to better format this week’s content – we’d love to know what you think! Just reply to this email.
🚨 One Thing We Forgot Yesterday: A correction from last Wednesday’s email. We mistakenly referred to Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, as Dr. Deborah Dirx. We apologize for the mistake and any confusion. Shout out to Ben for letting us know!
The rest of you, begone. (Not like, forever – just from this section. We love you all and will see you down the newsletter. ❤️ )
Now that it’s just us – let’s get you caught up on this week’s format.
A few weeks ago, we announced the Dear America Project. The goal: discover what – if anything – ties us together as Americans.
We received close to 300 in-depth responses from all backgrounds and creeds regarding the long-term future of the country. (Kudos and many thanks to you all. 👏)
After crunching the data to figure out how to organize them for y’all, we landed on presenting five topics that were overwhelmingly mentioned: Climate Change/Environment, Social Equality/Help for Society’s Disaffected, Education, Healthcare, and Overcoming Tensions in Society to Find Unity.
Yesterday’s email covered the #1 highest-recurring topic, Overcoming Tensions in Society to Find Unity. (Read it here.)
Without further ado, this week’s second focus: Climate Change/Environment.
🔍 🌎 The Scoop on Climate Change & the Environment
How We Defined It: Any response pertaining to or containing mention of climate change, saving the planet/Earth, renewables/renewable energy, or the environment. For example:
”A HUGE emphasis on Climate Change and investments in renewable energies.”
“I would like to see a large project dedicated to cleaner water for drinking and just in the environment. I would like to see my rivers and lakes beautiful and clean without as much pollution.”
By the Numbers:
Forty percent of overall respondents mention climate change or the environment.
Out of those respondents, 47% also mention Social Equality/Help for Society’s Disaffected, 40% also mention Overcoming Tensions in Society to Find Unity, and 24% also mention Education.
👥 Meet the Crew
Put Another Way: More than 81%are under 35.
Put Another Way: 35% have a college degree (likely due to the large under 18 segment).
Put Another Way: More than 80% are in the center or somewhere to the left of center.
📣 Shout-out to Hawaii!
🏛️ Architect: Imaginative and strategic thinkers, with a plan for everything.
🎖️ Commander: Bold, imaginative and strong-willed leaders, always finding a way – or making one.
🤝 Mediator: Poetic, kind and altruistic people, always eager to help a good cause.
🧠 Logician: Innovative inventors with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.
🧙 Advocate: Quiet and mystical, yet very inspiring and tireless idealists.
💬 In Their Own Words
“I would love to see continued growth and innovation when it comes to renewable energy. Oil and gas is a thing of the past, and I would love for the average American household to own a fully electric vehicle. Preserving our planet should be at the front of everyone’s mindset and I truly believe that the USA can help lead the charge. I also believe that economic freedom leads to better overall lifestyles. Finding a way to move off of the “socialism movement” and toward a moderate middle that is environmentally conscious, while also allowing economic freedom is the path our country should be on.” –Logan from Lubbock, TX (18-25 years old).
“Dear America, For my vision of an ideal America, I would like to see a large project dedicated to cleaner water for drinking and just in the environment. I would like to see my rivers and lakes beautiful and clean without as much pollution. I feel as though this is an important thing for our country especially when one takes into consideration a city called Flint, Michigan, which has been known for its problems with water quality. This modification and goal would create a healthier population, a healthier environment, and a healthier America.” –Warner from La Crosse, WI (under 18 years old).
“The future of the U.S. is, frankly, in my generation’s hands. As we watch adults fail to make the best decisions for our future over and over and over again, it is left up to us to fix the mess they’ve made. Hopefully my generation will live long enough to have enough time to repair the environment and our country and ensure a safe future for our children. In the future, I would love to see the U.S. transition to zero carbon emissions, and to see a transition to the use of completely renewable resources such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal, and more.
I would also hope to see the elimination of racism and misogyny and homophobia in our country- basically any unjustified negative attitude towards a certain group of individuals to be vanished. I know this will not happen for a very, very long time, but if we start taking steps now, it will happen someday.
Finally, I want to see a country that is at peace with itself. Growing up in one of the most politically turmoiled time periods in history has had a great impact on my generation, and we just want to live in a country that is not at war with itself, constantly divided. When we are together, we get things done, and those things will help us ensure a better future for us, our kids, our grandkids, and families.” –Alexandra from Gales Ferry, Connecticut (under 18 years old).
“More diverse leadership, protection of our democracy, equal access to high quality education, clean air/water and environmental protection and use of renewable energy, affordable and comprehensive health care, address systemic racism, wage parity and stable middle class opportunities, reduce dependence on goods made outside of USA, stable infrastructure and development of transportation alternatives, equal human rights. One can dream.” –Ramona from Brooklyn, NY (46-55 years old).
“Dear America, My vision for the U.S. in the next few decades would have to be a better economy. When I say economy I mean a better ecosystem, better care of the Earth. As in cleaning our waters, less waste. Keeping our lands healthy, more into biodegradable things, and less plastic. Having better air quality, taking fewer trips in the car, not burning trash. I wish people would be less materialistic and want a better society. For everyone to help in any way they can for people in need, to better our nation as a whole. For example, fewer homeless people, having jobs for the people so they can get on their feet. Even if starting out small, that could influence our society in a tremendously positive way.“ –Gianna from La Crosse, WI (under 18 years old).
📸 🌍 The Big Picture
Given the responses above, what do you think could be a point of compromise when it comes to climate change & the environment? Let us know.
Results from yesterday: 100% of respondents answered “Yes, it is possible” when posed the question, “Is unity in America possible?” – so where do we start?
We’re working on a deep-dive with some actionable steps we can all take to achieve this goal. Have any suggestions? We’re all ears.
Peter, our CEO, after this was thrown in our group chat (he’s currently in MI): “This actually happened to me the other night. Slipped on black ice and just straight ATE IT on the ground. But – the moon was full, the stars were out, and I could see Mars. It forced me to stop and reflect, it actually turned into a pretty cool moment lol.”
On second thought, maybe we should rename this section “I See Reality.”
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🛫 Right Place, Wright Time
In which U.S. state did the first airplane flight take place?
A)North Dakota B) South Carolina C) South Dakota D) North Carolina
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