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 realize how special the earth was,
就像一段婚姻出了问题 而我们直到它结束了 才懊悔不已
like a marriage gone wrong we didn’t know what we had until it was gone!
举个例子 我想你们应该知道什么是亚马逊沙漠 对吗？
For example, I am guessing you probably know what is the Amazon Desert. Right?
Well believed it or not, it was once called the Amazon Rainforest,
there were billions of trees there, all of them gorgeous.
Oh! You don’t know much about trees, do you?
Well, let me tell you trees are amazing, I mean.
We literally breathe the air they are creating,
they clean up our pollution, our carbon,
they store and purify water, give us medicine
that cures our 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 hundred years.
And that wouldn’t make me so sad
if it 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,
which brings me great sorrow.
Because most of us today, dont’t even care about tomorrow.
So I’m sorry. I’m… I’m sorry that we put profit above people,
greed above need, the rule of gold above the golden rule.
I’m sorry we use 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 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.
嘿 福克斯新闻 如果你不认为气候变化是一个凶兆
Hey, Fox News. If you don’t think climate change is a threat,
I dare you to interview the thousands of homelss people in Bangladesh.
See, while you were in your penthouse nestled,
their home 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.
看见了吗 你可以忽视这些现象 但是真相是
See, you can ignore this, but the thing about truth is
it can be denied,
所以 后代们 我深感抱歉
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 couldn’t find another planet in time to move to.
I’m 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!
Let me suggest it, if a farmer sees a tree that is unhealthy,
they don’t look at the branches to diagnose, 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, change the climate of our souls.
Realize it we are not apart from nature, we are a part of naure.
And to betray nature is to betray us, to save nature is to save us.
Because whatever you are fighting for,
种族 贫困 女权 同性恋 或是对其他各种平等的追求
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.
For the past several weeks I have been here in Africa,
the heart of Africa, witnessing the horrific destruction of the rain forest,
which inspired me to write this piece.
Why are forests being destoryed at a such enormous rate?
Today we live in a world where destorying trees makes you money.
So what can we normal peolpe do about it?
One way to directly fight the destruction is to Stand For Trees.
By standing for trees not only can you save the lives of trees,
help forest communities and protect the rights of animals to live in their homes,
but you would aslo balance the amount of pollution you yourself give off
with your everyday activities.
Making you a part of the solution, not the problem.
This is the option that I choose.
But whatever way 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.