An Error Does Not Become A Mistake Until You Refuse To Correct It

Celebrating The ‘Sorry’ Video By Prince Ea

After an incredible 14.6 million views on YouTube in the almost four year time period since it was posted, it seems appropriate to remind people of one of the most powerful inspirational environmental messages of the 21st Century. A message not given by a politician from a high office but from a straight talking native of St Louis, Missouri, USA. 

The video, which was released to celebrate Earth Day 2015, shows Richard Williams, better known as Prince Ea, transporting himself to an imaginary (maybe one day real) future where he finds himself apologising to future generations for the ignorance and stupidity of humans on present day Earth.

Possibly the greatest ever spoken rap on the topic of saving the planet or perhaps just let down by its inclusion of a personal attack on an individual politician?

We’ll let you decide…


Dear Future Generations

I think I speak for the rest of us when I say


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

I hope you forgive us

We just didn’t realise how special the earth was

Like a marriage going wrong

We didn’t know what we had until it was gone

For example

I’m guessing you probably know the Amazon Desert, right?

Well believe it or not

It was once called once called the Amazon Rainforest

And there were billions of trees there

And all of them gorgeous and …

Oh, you don’t know much about trees, do you?

Well let me tell you that trees are amazing

I mean, we literally breath the air

They are creating, and they clean up our pollution

Our carbon, they store and purify water,

Give us medicine that cures ours diseases, food that feeds us

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 100 years

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 7 generations

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, the rule of gold above the golden rule

I’m sorry we used nature as a credit card with no spending limit

Overdrafting animals to extinction

Stealing your chance to ever see their uniqueness

Or become friends with them

Sorry we poison the oceans so much that you can’t even swim in them

But most of all, I’m sorry about our mindset

’cause we had the nerve to call this destruction


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 you were in your penthouse nestled

Their homes were literally washed away

Beneath their feet due to the rising sea levels

And Sarah Palin, you said that you love the smell of fossil fuels

Well I urge you to talk to the kids of Beijing

Who are forced to wear pollution masks just to go to school

See, you can ignore this, but the thing about truth is

It can be denied, not avoided

So I’m sorry future generations

I’m sorry that our footprint became a sinkhole and not a garden

I’m sorry that we paid so much attention to ISIS

And very little to how fast the ice is melting in the arctic

I’m sorry we doomed you

And I’m sorry we didn’t find another planet in time to move to

I am s…


You know what, cut the beat, I’m not sorry

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?

Let me suggest that if a farmer sees a tree that is unhealthy

They don’t look at the branches to diagnosis 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

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 realise 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:

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