Dear Future Leaders

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Leah Davidson
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This piece belongs to a three-part series written by Kelepi Baba, Monica Angulo, and Leah Davidson.Dear future leaders,With your hungry and malleable minds, you have so much to offer the world.As a generation, you are well connected geographically through train, boat, and plane and can maintain friendships across cultures, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. You also know how to leverage technology to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges, from a low-cost solar tracker power...


The Last Dance

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Writing takes you on a magical dance. Before this internship, I had forgotten what it was like to follow the flow and rhythm of syllables, pull the strings on the marionettes of logos, ethos, and pathos, and walk with whirling wonder alongside alliteration and assonance. Through writing, you can conjure up impossible possibilities – paint purple skies and dye the sea red. With a stroke of the pen, you can eliminate prejudice, racism, sexism, and ageism from history or thrust humanity into an et...


Environmental Optimism: Why Our Youth Deserve Hope

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I first heard the term “global warming” in seventh grade when my ethics teacher showed the class Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Gore talked about how human negligence had caused Hurricane Katrina and his sister’s lung cancer. I saw wildfires spreading and polar bears dying. And I felt scared.I heard about climate change again a few years later in history class when journalist and historian Gwynne Dyer came to speak about his book Climate Wars, in which he posits that human civiliza...


Nomadic Wanderer

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I have looked death in the eye on a number of occasions.In northern Syria, I dug wells, searching for that precious source of life and sustenance by the Earth’s core. The grounds used to be green and fragrant, bursting with wheat, potatoes, and fava beans. I used to dig for 60 to 70 meters. I remember this life: sweet like honey. I could almost taste the promise of prosperity and security.Then one day the water stopped flowing. People started losing crops and farms. Food prices doubled.My liveli...


Letter to a Childless Mother

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II’m seventeen now, if you recall. When flower shops filled with young girls purchasing carnations for their mothers in May, could you identify my tanned face, slant eyes, and dark hair in the crowd - or did you see only a mass of identical twins? Did you mark on the calendar the senior prom you would never attend? As the neighborhood children grew restless and learned their letters, I wonder if you remembered I wanted to enter primary school. I wanted to wrap my tiny, crooked fingers around you...


We All Bleed Red

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People cross the street, casting judgments. He’s a murderer. She’s a princess. He’s depressed. She’s a nerd. He’s a loser. She’s too thin. He’s dying. She’s destitute. In invisible bubbles, they walk past each other, forcing rankings in an imaginary hierarchy, as if they actually know the truth. Neighbors ask “How are you?” without truly listening to the answer, content with the categories they have manufactured and the division lines they have drawn in their minds.But strangers’ stories can n...


Earth's Last Request

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Dear ______,When you were little, I used to watch you from afar. I watched you learn about me. You were so fascinated, so curious. Your eyes would widen in excitement as you chased a dragonfly through the fields and skipped stones across the pond. Your tiny footsteps left their imprint in the earthy veins of my heart. As you grew up, you had such big dreams. Instead of camping outside and roasting dinner over an open fire, you saw other people staying at fancy resorts with gourmet chefs and gre...


Life Without Limits

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You ask your mother when you will be tall enough to ride the roller coaster at the fair. She says next summer. You ask your aunt when you can wear make-up. She tells you that you do not need it; you are perfect just the way you are – you do not believe her. You cannot cross the road on your own or paint without supervision. You must drink your milk before leaving the kitchen table. You watch the big kids who ride bikes without training wheels with envy. Why do they get to stay up until 10 pm?Rel...


A Planet to Call Home

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Home.When you hear this word – often associated with the verbs “going” or “coming” – it evokes certain smells, sounds, sights, and emotions. Maybe the aroma of freshly baked apple pie, the rhythm of your father’s footsteps at the back door or the excitement of waking up early on Christmas morning to open stockings.From an early age, I have had trouble defining home. I was adopted from China at the age of nine months. For as long as I can remember, people have tied a country of which I neither sp...


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  • Leah Davidson

    I was born in Shaoyang, China, grew up in Quebec, Canada, and graduated from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. I currently work as a business consultant in Washington DC. I have been recognized as one of the Top 20 Under 20 in Canada, Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25, and one of the Top Teen Philanthropists. I have worked on projects with the UN and World Economic Forum.


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