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Dear 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.
I hope you forgive us.
We just didn't realize how special the earth was. Like a marriage gone wrong,
we didn't know what we had, until it was... gone.
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 Rainforest,
and there were billions of trees there,
all of them gorgeous, and...
You don't know much about trees, do you?
Well, let me tell you, trees are amazing.
I mean, we literally breath 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'm 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 percent of all the trees in the world gone in the last 100 years.
For this.
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 7 generations,
which brings me great sorrow,
because most of us today don'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,
over drafting 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,
cause we had the nerve to call this destruction "progress."
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.
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.
I'm sorry we couldn'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.
Let me suggest that
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 politician 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 realize 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.
Hey, guys.
For the past several weeks, I've been here in Africa, the heart of Africa,
witnessing the horrific destruction of the rainforest,
which inspired me to write this piece.
Why are forests being destroyed at a such enormous rate?
For this.
Today we live in a world where destroying trees makes you money.
So what can we, normal people, 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 will also 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 chose,
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."



【環境問題】未来世代のみなさん、ごめんなさい(Dear Future Generations: Sorry)

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Joyce Lee 2018 年 1 月 1 日 に公開    VoiceTube Japan 翻訳    Hoshie Go チェック



make excuses0:28
make excuses の意味は「言い訳をする」です。さっそく例を見てみましょう!
Student: I had to help my mom with chores yesterday, and I felt sick after, so I couldn't finish my homework.
Teacher: Don't make excuses. Finishing homework is a student's responsibility.

at a rate of1:23
at a rate of は「ペース」や「速度」といった意味です。使い方としては、 at a rate of (measurement) every/per (time) といった形で、measurement は長さ・容積・面積を指し、time は時間を指します。動画では at a rate of 40 football fields every minuteという風に使われており、意味は「毎分フットボールフィールド40個分とい速さ」です。
According to the Guinness World Records, bamboo can grow at a rate of 91 cm per day.

On average, human hair grows at the rate of 15 cm every year.

consideration for1:46
異なる状況だと consideration は「考慮」、「じっくり考えること」、「思いやり」、「尊敬」といった意味があります。まずは動画でどう使われているか見てみましょう:
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.

この文の中での consideration for を翻訳すると「大切に思っていた」ですが、英語の元の意味には「尊敬」や「思いやり」をいう意味も含まれています。
consideration for には別の使い方もあります。:
You should have more consideration for others.

You should write a letter asking for consideration for employment.

golden rule2:10
golden ruleは「黄金律」と訳せ、「他人から自分にしてもらいたいと思うような行為を人に対してせよ」 といったような意味です。私たちがよく聞く「黃金比」は golden ratio 、意味が異なりますよ!
I'm sorry that we put profit above people, greed above need, the rule of gold above the golden rule.

ちなみに黃金比は 1:1.168の割合です。
Leonardo da Vinci was the first man who analyzed human body through the lens of mathematics and discovered the golden ratio of human body.

climate change2:41
climate change は「気候変動」です。

fossil fuels2:58
fossil fuels は「化石燃料」のことを指し、石炭、石油、天然ガスなどのことです。
We need to discuss how to reduce fossil fuel dependence.

This is the data on carbon dioxide emissions resulting from burning fossil fuels.


文/ 李喬伊
編輯/ Primrose Huang
訳/ Luna Lin




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