While issues like global warming and deforestation plague our world, a rapper is here to remind us that not all hope is lost -- we really can do something about it.
In a video entitled "Dear Future Generations, Sorry," outspoken rapper Prince Ea uses some poignant words to give us a glimpse into what the world could look like one day, by addressing generations after our time.
"Dear future generations, I think I speak for the rest of us when I say, 'Sorry,'" he begins. "Sorry we left you with our mess of a planet."
The rapper, who, according to the video, was inspired to create the message after witnessing the destruction of rainforests in Africa, continues to apologize for a horrific world that human beings caused as a result of "putting profit above people, greed above need, and the rule of gold before the golden rule."
"I'm sorry we use nature as a credit card with no spending limit, over-drafting animals to extinction, stealing your chance to ever see their uniqueness," he says. "But most of all I'm sorry about our mindset because we had the nerve to call this destruction 'progress.'"
But after saying sorry for a could-be world, Prince Ea takes his apology back, because, after all, he says that human beings don't have to allow the environment to become that bleak picture. He calls on people to act, rather than accept the issues that affect our world. At the end of the video, he also asks others to look into "Stand for Trees," an organization that aims to fight against the destruction of forests.
The artist's words are piercing, but ultimately, they offer a beautiful sense of hope and change.
"Cut the beat. I'm not sorry. This future I do not accept it. An era does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it ... We are the root, we are the foundation -- this generation. It is up to us, to take care of this planet. It is our only home. We must globally warm our hearts and change the climate of our souls. And realize that we are not apart from nature, we are a part of nature. And to betray nature is to betray us. To save nature is to save us. Because whatever you're fighting for ...it won't matter in the least, because if we don't don't all work together to save the environment, we will be equally extinct."
Watch Prince Ea's video above. To learn more about Stand For Trees, visit their website here.