My second letter to Donald Trump since his election, paired with a mostly unrelated painting.
To: Donald J. Trump
The Trump Organization
725 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022
5 December 2016
Congratulations again on your election. I wrote three weeks ago to express my distrust in your leadership, particularly against the long emergency of climate change. I told you that I'm working to limit your ability to cause harm. And I wrote about the big job ahead, mobilizing to avoid the worst effects of climate change. That mobilization is one of the few ways I hope you use your new authority.
My personal influence is small, so my best option right now seems to be to persuade you directly. Please understand that I'm afraid our global culture is headed toward collapse, soon. I wish the climate scientists were wrong, but over the past few years of storms and melting icecaps and glaciers, I can see they're right. An analogy: imagining all of humanity as a single large person, it feels like we've gotten strong enough to tilt a big refrigerator-- but not strong enough to lift it, or to tip it back upright before it falls on us. We've just realized that, and we're shouting and scrambling for better footing, but it might already be too late.
I think our chance is that we've spent the last sixty years or so building ways to process and communicate information around the planet. For the first time, we can all see the same patterns and choose to respond together. It's possible we could be graceful and coordinated enough to pivot with the falling weight, move around it, and swing back toward stability.
I really hope you can see the same things I'm seeing, because I'm afraid you're one of the few people loud enough to get everyone moving together. We're almost there already. Give us a bunch of tweets about the next hundred years on earth. Hire a few dozen young geeks whose specialties are climate modeling, logistics, and diplomacy, not banking or blowing up foreigners. I'm sorry to tell you this, but you and most of your cabinet picks so far seem to be thinking small-- focusing on partisan politics, negligible terror threats, and narrow self-preservation (as opposed to broad everyone-preservation). I suggest you get some joy by firing your early picks and make room for bigger thinking.
Make yourself great. Be the pivot point we turn around. I'd be thrilled and shocked, and I would publicly take back whatever rude comments I might make about you until then.
Speaking of which, I'm planning to go down and protest in Washington, DC around your inauguration. Please stay in town for that weekend, because it looks like there are several days worth of protests that would be good for you to witness. Until next time,
Glen Coburn Hutcheson