Dear Future Generations

A rap song in the form of a letter to future generations, by Prince EA (born Richard Williams on September 16, 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri), an American rapper, artist and activist. As a YouTuber, he is known for discussing topics also connected to the environment.
Dear Future Generations
    Language Notes and Explanations
  • Prince Ea= is a stage name derived from Sumerian mythology "Prince of the Earth"
  • to be caught up in= to become involved in
  • doings= business
  • to burn down= destroy completely by fire
  • the golden rule= an ethical principle to follow when you do something: you should treat people the way you would like other people to treat you
  • to overdraft= a deficit in a bank, when you draw more money than the account holds (scoperto di conto, andare in rosso)
  • mindset= habits of thinking, often typical of an entire group
  • Sarah Palin= an American politician, the ninth Governor of Alaska from 2006 until 2009, who usually sided with big corporations and the petroleum industry
  • penthouse = a flat on the top floor of a building, typically luxuriously fitted (in Italian, attico)
  • sinkhole= a cavity in the ground, especially in limestone, caused by water erosion, where water disappears underground 8 in Italian, "dolina carsica"
  • ISIS / ice is= the pun lies in the similar pronunciation
  • to doom = to condemn to certain death
  • to cut the beat = to stop the music
  • an error does not become a mistake until...= here the difference in meaning between error and mistake is highlighted, an error implies ignorance, while a mistake is conscious
  • redirect= direct to a new place or purpose
  • corporation= a large company or group of companies
  • it is up to someone= it is someone's responsibility to do something
  • it won't matter in the least= it will be of no importance
  • to stand for= metaphorically to rise on one's feet, it has come to mean "to support"
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[0:06] Dear your future generations, I think I speak for the rest of us when I say "sorry". Sorry we left you with our mess of a planet. Sorry that we were too caught up in our own doings to do something. Sorry we listened to people who made excuses, to do nothing

[0:31] I hope you forgive us, we just didn't realize how special the Earth was, like a marriage going wrong we didn't know what we had until it was gone.

[0:41] For example, I'm guessing you probably know what is the Amazon Desert, right? Well, believe it or not, it was once called the Amazon Rain Forest, and there were billions of trees there, and all of them gorgeous and...

[0:55] Oh, you don't know much about trees, do you? Well, let me tell you: trees are amazing, and I mean, we literally breathe the air they are creating, clean up our pollution, our carbon, store and purify water, give us medicine that cures our diseases, food that feeds us.

[1:10] Which is why I am so sorry, to tell you that we burned them down, cut them down with brutal machines, horrific, at a rate of 40 football fields every minute, that's 50% of all the trees in the world gone in the last hundred years.

[1:30] Why? For this. And that wouldn't make me so sad, if there weren't so many pictures of leaves on it. You know when I was a child, I read how the Native Americans had such consideration for the planet that they felt responsible, for how they left the land for the next seven generations.

[1:54] Which brings me great sorrow, because most of us today don't even care about tomorrow. So I'm sorry, I'm sorry that we put profit above people, greed above need, rule of gold above the golden rule.

[2:10] I'm sorry we used nature as a credit card with no spending limits, overdrafting animals to extinction, stealing your chance to ever see their uniqueness, or become friends with them.

[2:22] Sorry we poisoned the ocean so much that you can't even swim in them. But, most of all, I'm sorry about our mindset because we had the nerve to call this destruction "progress".

[2:39] Hey Fox News, if you don't think climate change is a threat, I dare you to interview the thousands of homeless people in Bangladesh, see while, while you were in your penthouse nestled, their homes were literally washed away beneath their feet due to rising sea levels.

[2:55] And Sarah Palin, you said that you love the smell of fossil fuels, well I urge you to talk to the kids of Bejing, who are forced to wear pollution masks just to go to school. You see, you can ignore this, but the thing about truth is, it can be denied, not avoided.

[3:15] So I'm sorry, future generations, I'm sorry that our footprints became a sinkhole and not a garden. I'm sorry that we paid so much attention to ISIS, and very little how fast the ice is melting in the Arctic.

[3:28] I'm sorry we doomed you and I'm sorry we couldn't find another planet in time to move to. I am... You know what, cut the beat, I'm not sorry.

[3:39] This future I do not accept it, because an error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. We can redirect this. How?

[3:46] Let me suggest if a farmer sees a tree that is unhealthy, they don't look at the branches to diagnose it, they look at the root. So like that farmer, we must look at the root and not to the branches of government, not to the politicians run by corporations.

[4:01] We are the root, we are the foundation, this generation, and 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.

[4:17] And to betray nature is to betray us, to save nature is to save us. Because whatever you're fighting for: Racism or Poverty, Feminism, Gay Rights or any type of Equality, it won't matter in the least, because if we don't all work together to save the environment we will be equally extinct. So...

[4:50] Hey guys! For the past several weeks I've been here in Africa, in the heart of Africa witnessing the horrific destruction of the rainforests, which inspired me to write this piece.

[5:01] Why are the forests being destroyed at such an enormous rate? For this. Today we're living in a world where destroying trees makes you money. So what can we, normal people, do about it?

[5:13] One way to directly fight the destruction is to stand for trees, while standing for trees not only can you save the lives of trees, help forest communities, protect the rights of animals to live in their homes, but you also balance the amount of pollution that you yourself give out in your everyday activities, making you a part of the solution, not the problem.

[5:34] This is the option that I chose. But whatever way that you choose to stand for trees, do it. Because a wise man once said: "When the rivers are all dried up, and the trees cut down man will then realize, that he will not be able to eat... money!"