Your Generation Has a Story to Tell

Updated: Nov 11, 2019


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Sure, maybe you’re not a writer but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a story to tell. The good news is you don’t have to be a writer to publish an article on this website. Our blog is open to anyone who wants to weigh in about climate change and environmental degradation.


We’ve categorized the articles by generation. Why? The reason is simple. Each generation has a unique perspective on where the world is headed and why. Each has its own story to tell and its own contribution to make.


The Silent Generation 1925/1945 – You know where all this has come from. You have the benefit of distance. In the early 1940s the world was embroiled in war. No greater threat ever existed to the human species than World War II. You and your parents fought the war and were content that the world was now safe and prosperous. Over the decades you watched as the world population grew from 2 billion to 8 billion with all the accompanying consequences. Now there is an unanticipated new threat to the planet and all of its creatures. How could this happen. Maddeningly, you will not see the end to this story. What’s your take on it all? There is wisdom in your years. It’s time to share it.


The Baby Boomers 1946/1964 – You lived through turbulent social times and attempted to wrestle all the world’s great issues to the ground. You thought you ended racism, poverty, and sexism. You participated in the dawn of consumerism and the excesses of planned obsolescence. Unknowingly you helped created the monster that threatens us all. Your children and most of all your grandchildren will suffer the fate your folly. You are appalled to find your generation a driving force of environmental degradation. How could this be? In some respects you own this problem. You are still young enough to make a contribution to possible solutions. Perhaps you’ll just walk away. Now what?


Generation X 1965/1980 – Children of the Boomers, you were given a latchkey and expected to get by on your own. The world was too busy to watch over you all the time. Divorce rates were up and maybe you were a little cynical for a while but you found your own way with the help of MTV and Hip Hop and Grunge. You became pragmatic and independent and resourceful. Your generation is young enough to live through coming global catastrophes, one after another. Your children and grandchildren may not survive it. What do you tell them? How will you help them? Tell us your thoughts.


Generation Y (Millennials) 1981/1999 – You were the first young generation to grow up in a digital age and a new social structure driven by 'social media'. Some think of you as wasteful and self-absorbed and chained to the internet. You saw the dawn of the climate change debate. Not to worry, you were told, it is 100 years away. You see that is no longer true. Like generation X you have a family to raise and a job to manage. There doesn’t seem to be enough time. You may feel there is no hope. Many of you have decided not to be parents anticipating a bleak future. Are you giving up? Tell us about it.


Generation Z 2000/2020 – You are pretty young to be confronted with mortality. You’ve hardly hit your 20s. Some of you are only 8 years old and already worried about the whale and the butterfly. Now you hear rumors that everything will die. The oceans are filled with plastics and the sky with methane. Maybe you are frightened or angry, but you have power. Very young people can be a force. If there was ever a time to scream and holler this is it. Jump in with both feet. Tell your elders to get in line and put things right. In the end you may have to do it yourself, so start early. We want to know what you think.


This website is all about people who want to make a difference. They want to change the direction the planet and it’s peoples are moving in. They want to blunt the pace of climate change and reverse environmental degradation. The questions are what to do and where to begin. One way is to share your anxieties, hopes, and suggestions about where we need to go from here. So tell what you think and what should be done and what are you doing. It’s OK to point fingers as long as one of them is pointed at yourself.


What you have to say is important. Send your thoughts to 10001ways.com or take our online interview.


With each article we post, $5.00 is donated to an organization that is making a difference.


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