When you ask kids vs. parents about the future, the difference is important.

If you believe the world is only getting worse, this one's for you.

What does your future look like?

In the wake of recent tragedy, it's easy to feel hopeless. Sometimes, it seems as though the world is meant only for bad things to happen.

That's what it seemed when a couple of filmmakers asked a bunch of grown-ups what the future looked like to them.


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But what does the future look like to kids?

When the filmmakers asked their kids a similar question — about what their future looks like — their visions were starkly different and full of possibility.

From creative passions...

...to making the world a better place...

...to just having a rad time.

The effect of their optimism on their parents? Inspiring!

Love the emphasis on good care. <3

Happy tears!

Heck yes you do — they are awesome!

Because really, our future is for them, isn't it?

These kids remind us why we need to make the world a better place. And there is still time!

Sometimes it just takes young voices to remind us where our priorities should be: to make the kind of globally connected and empathetic world that our kids deserve and demand.

So, what does our future really look like?

There's a lot of speculation, but there's also a lot of hope — and a lot of world leaders, organizations, celebrities, and everyday folks who are actually trying to make it happen.

You may have recently heard about the Global Goals. Back in September, nearly 200 world leaders committed to work on three broad goals that could truly make the world a better place: ending poverty, fighting inequality, and fixing climate change.

This December, the world is uniting again at COP21 in Paris to center its attention on that third goal of fixing our warming planet — a goal that actually is 100% achievable.

These may seem huge, but looking into the faces of what's at stake — this ambitious and energetic and wonderful next generation — can revitalize us to unify our voices and work together toward real change. It's happening!

Need a pick-me-up? Listen to their hopeful voices. :)

Feel the feels here:

Can you think of someone who needs this kind of encouragement? Pass it on. :)

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