World leaders convened in Paris in early December of 2015 for the historic U.N. climate talks, a gathering many believed to be humanity’s last chance to address the crisis of our time. In the lead up to the talks, Letters to the Future was conceived to ask authors, artists, scientists and others to write to future generations of their own families predicting the success or failure of the talks.
Letters to the Future was a resounding success. Many hundreds of letters poured in – dozens of them penned by nationally acclaimed writers, scientists and intellectuals (see below). Selected letters were published in 40 alternative weeklies and other media across the country, garnering four million print readers and 11 million unique visitors online. The Project also sent letters to several hundred targeted delegates and citizens before they convened at the Paris sessions.