The 100 Year Letter Project: David Sassoon

We asked friends of DeSmogBlog to write a letter to their great, great grandchildren about their vision and hopes for their world in 100 years, in the context of global warming. Here’s what blogger David Sassoon said:

Dearest Great, Great Grandchildren

Greetings from Brooklyn, New York just after the turn of the 21st century. It’s December of 2007 to be precise, and we’re suffering through the last year-and-change of the worst presidency in American history. You know the score but in our day, anyway, it’s really hard for people to come out and just say so. (Is public relations still a profession?)

We’re in the final decades of the fossil fuel era and witnessing the last stand of the rich and powerful owners of a dying economic system.  The way I figure it, this is the fourth great transformation in American history, and we’re living through it right now.

First was the American Revolution. Then the Civil War. And after that, the New Deal.  Every 75 or 80 years or so, we seem to come to a crossroads when true democracy asserts itself and we chart a new course. Now is one of those times. The shameless greed and heartlessness that’s afoot is way beyond tolerable and most common, decent folk are ready to fight for a big change.

Me included. I’m helping to make history by working hard and doing what I can to help usher in the clean energy economy that I hope you are now enjoying. That’s what we are calling it anyway – the clean energy economy. I can’t imagine what you call it. I wonder, have you ever had the chance to sit around a campfire? Are there still bloggers? Maybe somebody tried to take ownership of sunshine, G-d forbid?

I wrote you all into my will even though none of you were born yet. I wonder, did the things I left behind manage to reach your hands?  My collection of long-playing records? My portable manual typewriter? My Leicas – those gorgeous still cameras? The portrait that your great, great grandmother, Stephanie, my wife from forever, a fabulous artist, did of me in oil paint? My special recipes for latkes and beef bhoona? You do still have potatoes, don’t you?

All for now. I’ll write again soon. In the meantime, make sure you add unto our good name! And write your own letters to your own great, great grandchildren!

With inexpressible love,
Your double great grandpa, David.

The 100 Year Letter Project: David Sassoon

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.