I’ve been working with an amazing company called Neste for the past year as a futurologist on a project called #PreOrderTheFuture.
I teamed up with them because it really aligned with what I’m passionate about; which is helping improve the future through technology, sustainability, and education. This project allowed people to submit their ideas that can help improve the future and NESTE would fund it.
This was an ambitious project but nevertheless, I believe a successful one.
In his latest video, “Man vs. Earth” spoken word artist Prince Ea opens by saying,
In “Man vs. Earth,” spoken word artist Prince Ea opens by saying, “Fun fact: Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old, mankind, about 140,000 years old. Let me put that in perspective. If you condense the Earth’s lifespan into 24 hours—that’s one full day—then we have been here for, drum roll please, three seconds.” Only by coming together, he says, can we make it to the proverbial fourth second.
Prince Ea objects to us calling ourselves homo sapiens, or “wise man” because, though we may be intelligent, we lack wisdom. “While intelligence speaks, wisdom listens,” he says. “And we willingly covered our ears to Mother Nature’s screams and closed our eyes to all of her help wanted signs.
Let me put that in perspective. If you condense the Earth’s lifespan into 24 hours – that’s one full day – then we have been here for, drum roll please, three seconds.” Only by coming together, he says, can we make it to the proverbial fourth second.”
Prince Ea objects to us calling ourselves homo sapiens, or “wise man” because, though we may be intelligent, we lack wisdom.
“While intelligence speaks, wisdom listens,” he says. “And we willingly covered our ears to Mother Nature’s screams and closed our eyes to all of her help wanted signs.
New Prince Ea video: Man vs Earth
Natalie Prolman on Nov. 24, 2015
Last Earth Day, activist and spoken word artist Prince Ea brought us the powerful and thought-provoking video Dear Future Generations:Sorry. With over 96 million views on Facebook to date, Prince Ea achieved something pretty incredible for the environmental community.
He clearly communicated the urgency of protecting our planet and inspired millions to understand the importance of mitigating climate change and taking action to stop deforestation.
He was able to reach the hearts of the generation to whom this issue matters to most: young people. And reminded us all that the power of change is in OUR hands!
I had the honor of sitting down with Prince Ea in London last week to discuss his newest video in support of the Stand For Trees campaign.
“What was your inspiration for doing a second Stand For Trees video?”
“I felt like there was more to say. The story was unfinished, I had more to get out there and in a different way. When I was brainstorming the original concept of writing a letter to future generations I came up with other dynamic ideas which I thought could be just as compelling. One of which was the 3 seconds theme, which I use in this one. This particular video is coming from an anthropological perspective (what I studied in school), looking at us as a species and the ramifications of our existence.”
“What is the message you’re sending to the world?”
“The message is: An inner revolution needs to take place. Global warming, climate change, animal agriculture, pollution, pesticides … all of these things are symptoms. They are byproducts of our inner reflection and how we see the world, how we see each other and how we see the environment. We’re very separated and divided, but that is not the truth about reality.
That is the truth about our socially constructed reality. The main message is to find the truth and see that we are connected to all beings both great and small. I always end with a message of hope, I believe that we can and will turn it all around. However, I don’t think the goal is to save the world, but to reshape it.
“Why do you think young people are such a critical audience for this message?”
“I think because it’s really our future that’s at stake. We are the first generation to really see the impact of climate change and the last one who will be able to do something about it. So it’s definitely crucial that young people will become more aware. We have an opportunity to really evolve the human species into a new direction. A totally new direction from our past. One with mindfulness and love and care and understanding. No longer a business as usual approach.”
“When I drive my Car, no one would ever confused the Car for, Me!
Well, when i drive my Body why do you confuse Me for my Body?”
Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper and activist, known for discussing topics like politics, sociality, environmentalism and life issues.
“Make ‘SMART’ Cool” Movement
In 2009, Prince Ea, who was upset at the present state of the music industry, decided to form a movement named “Make ‘SMART’ Cool“. The “Make ‘SMART’ Cool” movement (SMART is an acronym for “Sophisticating Minds And Revolutionizing Thought“) attempts to “promote intelligence to everyone, everywhere and integrate it with hip-hop.
To create and nurture, without discrimination or preference, a community of free-thinking individuals under the singular purpose of promoting the ideals of education, intelligence, unity and creativity throughout the world at large.”
I was 19 years old when the concept of celebrating a special day for Mother Earth was coming to be. I remember the joy and the respect that surrounded this concept. We we celebrating our home, our planet. Problems were identified.
The need to step up to this challenge was recognized because something had to be done to preserve our home, to save it for future generations.
I’m sitting here in my office and I’m looking up at my bookshelves. I see books there that I got during those early years:
The End Of Nature, EarthRight, The Green Consumer, Topical Nature, Save Our Planet, Spiritual Ecology, 50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth, 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth, How to Make The World A Better Place, Two Minutes A Day For A Greater Planet, Silent Spring, The Reclycler’s Handbook …
and several more.
I took Ecology classes in college. I participated in activities and the spirit was there. Something would be done by my generation to make Earth a healthier, safer and cherished place.
I have become an adult, a senior citizen and I look back … “celebrating 45 years”.
I wonder …. what has been done? What has been accomplished? Is Mother Earth healthy? Will we be able to hand down a sustainable planet to the next generation as we planned?
Sadly, I think not. They will have the same challenges and even more so because of the way my generation has “conducted business” and failed at making this wonderful planet what it should be. We failed to reverse the damages done by “progress”. And these still continue to this day.
We hear it all the time: climate change, carbon emissions, fossil fuels, burning rain forests, disappearance of endangered species, plastic pollution, environmental protection and so much more ….. There’s a lot to do; so much more than what was needed in 1969.
Like Prince Ea says: “Sorry, future generations“. It is a beautiful world. Stand up and get the job done.
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.
In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.
A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.
Activist and Artist Prince Ea Releases New Video on Earth Day supporting Stand for Trees campaign
SAN FRANCISCO, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire
For the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrity activist and spoken word artist Prince Ea launched his newest online video entitled “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” to motivate individuals to take immediate action to stop climate change by Standing for Trees.
Prince Ea was inspired to produce the video by the Stand for Trees campaign, an innovative new way for individuals to take real and effective action to protect threatened forests and help mitigate global climate change, all with the press of a button on their smart phones.
“We owe children a better future than the one we’re giving them now,” said Prince Ea, who visited two Stand for Trees project sites developed by Wildlife Works in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“This isn’t just about saving trees, it’s about doing what’s right for billions of people around the world affected by climate change, as well as taking back the future of generations who will be affected by the actions we take today.”
Prince Ea, an online sensation, has more more than 1.3 million Facebook followers and YouTube videos with over 12 million views. In this latest video, he apologizes to future generations for the destruction that has been wrought on the world. He is encouraging everyone to stand up and take action now.
~About Prince Ea~
Born and raised on the North Side of St. Louis Missouri, Prince Ea has a sound unlike most artists. Possessing a great song writing ability and stage presence, he combines both creative and thought-provoking songs that neatly tie-in humor, wit, passion, and hard-hitting punch lines. Along with Prince Ea’s internet success, he has also been featured in both national and local publications including Huffington Post, CBS, FOX and Yahoo Music. VIBE Magazine declared him Vibe Verses Grand Champion and he was also featured in DISCOVER magazine for his academically provocative single “The Brain,” where he was dubbed “The King of brainy hip-hop.” Since then he has released several extremely popular spoken words that have been featured nationwide in various publications and talk shows including the Queen Latifah Show and the Blaze with Glenn Beck.
~About Stand for Trees~
Stand for Trees is a first of its kind consumer campaign that uses the power of social media and crowd-funding to enable everyone to take real and effective action to reduce deforestation and curb climate change. Through an innovative mobile web solution, individuals can now purchase ‘Stand For Trees Certificates‘ – high quality, REDD+ verified carbon credits – to help communities protect endangered forests and wildlife by supporting sustainable livelihoods.
The campaign was founded by Code REDD and supported by the United States Agency for International Development and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
During the Bush years, it wasn’t surprising that there were at least a few songs out by various artists that picked on his leadership skills – like “Dear Mr. President” by P!nk. Now, it seems that Obama has joined that esteemed company – being a president that is called on the carpet by musicians.
Prince EA has been making a name for himself on the internet, with a series of highly popular videos with social and political statements. He’s been so popular that many of his messages have been resonating with people from both sides of the aisle. His latest offering is no different. Simply put, this is his “P!nk” moment.
Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince Ea, is an American rapper and activist.
Prince Ea was born as Richard Williams on September 16, 1988 in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of three children, and has resided there his whole life. The alias Prince Ea is derived from Sumerian mythology (“The prince of the Earth“). He has also graduated from the University of Missouri,St. Louis with Latin honors.
My name is Richard Williams
I am 23 years old
I’m a citizen of the United States of America
And this message is for our president
Mr. President, Mr. President, I got a few questions if
You let me ask them, this situation is delicate
So please answer without, checking with your delegates
Or pandering an election rhetoric, yesterday I turned my TV on
And saw you and Romney in this long race
Every political pundit wondering, what is our faith
See y’all both make a strong case
But sometimes I think this country, might be going the wrong way
Do we got AllState if we crash
No we in your hands Mr. President, this is your task
Cause we the people selected you
Did you forget about the decent people that elected you
I read your book on Page 63 you quoted King
But did you know the last speech he wrote before he died wasn’t about a dream
It was about poverty, greed, and great despair
And he named the sermon,
“Why America May Go To Hell“
We going to bail our corporations with no avail
While, working class Americans struggle, no body cares
Mr. President I beg your pardon
But I don’t wanna hear that circular motion, we ain’t in that oval office
We can’t talk economy until we talk greed
Until we talk poverty, and then we talk needs
Until we talk love, and then we grab each others hand and we all hug
It’s all of us together, no Democrats or Republicans those are just names
To distract us from that fact that we’re human beings
We want this country restored
Left or right wing, which ever you lean towards we need reform
We need more than the Supreme Court
More then a corrupt police force that abuses people without remorse
So many lost overseas we can’t keep scores
It’s like peace has become, just intervals between wars
See these are reasons why we fight for a cause
Fight for the country with the, stripes and the stars
Not for the legislators that, write up the laws
This is for the everyday American, why I’m writing this song to you
Have you ever had to fight for a cause
Fight for something you knew was right, but was wrong
Last night my daughter cried in my arms
Cause she knew her Daddy was trying to find a job, but it’s hard
And on top of that, my best friend got life for a charge
Which is ironic Mr. Obama
I said my best friend just got life for a charge
Which is ironic, because we both might die with these bars
Prince Ea talks about a huge topic here; The Future of the American People.
This song is almost in a letter sort of form, speaking to the president.
He wants change, and if no change is made, “We both might die in these bars”.