Save The Human Race With Your Message In A Bottle

What would you write

Janice Tovey


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Your planet is dying. Species are close to extinction. Oceans are polluted, forest fires rage, rainfall is all but gone, and starvation and disease are universal.

We have been given one last chance. Our words are our only hope for survival.

You write yours, seal them in a bottle, and toss into a plastic infested sea.

What would you write?

A Little History

In 1959, a very clever twenty-seven year old geologist from Ohio State left a message in a bottle at the base of an Artic glacier. His name was Paul Walker. He was living five hundred miles from the nearest human contact in temperatures of minus 18 degrees Celsius.

In 2013, a Canadian biologist found the note.

The words were a request to measure how far the glacier had retreated and report these findings back to the research team.

Paul Walker was curious about climate change in 1959. However, he wouldn’t have been prepared for these findings. The glacier had shrunk back 233 feet in roughly half of a century.

Warwick Vincent, the Canadian biologist recorded his current findings on a similar note and placed it back in the bottle under a rock cairn at the base of the magnificent glacier.

Imagine it is 2063. What should humans be writing on the note?

Deforestation is changing our climate, harming people and the natural world. We must, and can reverse this trend.

Jane Goodall

We live in a culture where people are more offended by “swear” words and middle fingers than they are by famine, warfare and the destruction of our environment.


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If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.


Caring for the earth is not a hippie thing, it’s a survival thing.


I think I would say, start small. Start with ourselves, our families and friends, communities and our own backyards.

What would you write on that note in the bottle?



Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.