Dear Sen. Cruz,
My name is Jonah Bryson. I am a 15-year-old American who, like many others of my generation, is worried about his future. And about the future of our country and planet.
I have devoted much of my time and passion to the world we live in. What I find especially disappointing is that climate change doesn't appear to be a concern of yours -- and on behalf of my generation, I am writing you this letter to ask why and urge you to reconsider.
It is no secret that your party receives enormous contributions from the Koch Brothers and other like-minded groups involved in the climate change "debate." We all know, including you, that climate change represents a huge threat to all of us. There is no debate.
So, if your campaign is all about making money for yourself and the fossil fuel industry, that is very short-term and not the kind of leadership we need. What will it leave us in the end if we continue our ways? Nothing. Let me remind you that none of us can survive on money alone. We will always need the essential elements that the planet provides us to survive -- the very elements that you and others are putting at risk.
On behalf of my generation, I would like to meet up, one-on-one, and record our discussion so that the young people of our nation can hear your message on this issue to help us decide if you are a leader who can contribute to the restoration of a healthy environment for the world we all live in -- a world that I, among millions of others, will inherit.
I look forward, with great urgency, to your response.
This post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, in conjunction with the U.N.'s 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris (Nov. 30-Dec. 11), aka the climate-change conference. The series will put a spotlight on climate-change issues and the conference itself. To view the entire series, visit here.