A friend of mine “assigned” my book to his 15-year-old daughter over the summer. When she was done, she wrote me a letter. The letter really touched me, and I thought I would share it here. The letter gives me some hope about the next generation — and boosts my desire not to leave them an irreversibly ruined world. They deserve a fighting chance to undo our mistakes. Anyway, here is the letter:
Dear Mr. Romm,
I am writing this letter to thank you for writing Hell and High Water. Your book is crucial for every American to read in this time of drastic climate changes. The way you portrayed the information was unbiased and effectively written, and it kept up my interest and attention the entire time.
When I picked up your book, I knew the basics about global warming, but I had no idea how urgent and downplayed it is right now. I learned so much about all the aspects and contributing factors that make global warming and climate change as dangerous as it is right now.
This has inspired to me to start making changes in my own life as well as the lives of others. I believe the main issue is that people are misinformed and uneducated about the current state of our country’s climate crisis. In order for people to take action, they need to know the severity and urgency of this issue. Also, many people are too lazy and stuck in their own ways to care about what is happening, so these people need to know how drastically their lives will change if they don’t take some sort of action in the fight against global warming. If we as a nation are able to get people motivated and concerned, then we will be able to reverse the devastating effects of global warming.
I now know, after reading your book, how urgent this issue is and how it needs to be everyone’s top concern because if it isn’t, life as we know it will be changed forever. I want to be able to preserve the beauty and thriving society we have in our country today, so I am going to take a stand against global warming. I have already started educating my misinformed peers, showed them Inconvenient Truth and suggested they read your book. Thank you again for writing Hell and High Water. It really opened my eyes, and I wouldn’t be nearly as educated and as motivated as I am if I hadn’t read it. I would love to talk to you about your book and ways I can involve my classmates and my school in the fight against global warming.