Viral Spoken Word Artist Prince Ea Releases Powerful New Video 'Man vs. Earth'
In his latest video, "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."
The artist's earlier video “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” was a plea to young people to take immediate action to stop climate change before it's too late. It garnered 28 million views in the first two days after its release. And his first environmentally themed video, "Why I Think This World Should End," called for a "path towards a new beginning."
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