Witness How Hip-Hop is Aiding in the Fight Against Global Warming (Video)
An organization called the Hip-Hop Caucus has spent the last several months undertaking a project with impact, using the power of music to spread messages of awareness revolving around climate change. The People’s Climate Music began as a nationwide bus tour, bringing musicians including G.O.O.D. Music artist Malik Yusef and others to cities across the country to shed light on how environmental issues like pollution disproportionately affect communities of color. That expansive tour makes up only a fraction of the movement’s channels, however, and a new film documenting all of the hard work, collaborations, and events that went into it has now been released.
The documentary, simply titled Home, starts out in a rather unorthodox way; the very first segment is an excerpt from a discussion on Fox News featuring an African-American contributor named Charles Payne who criticizes the Hip-Hop Caucus for what he claims is the enlisting of children as “pawns” in an effort to push the “climate change agenda.” And the film’s content gets no less provocative throughout in that it includes footage of real grassroots efforts to combat climate change that is often omitted in mainstream sources. Citizens of cities like Ferguson and Detroit are featured taking part in things like farming and engaging in their communities in powerfully direct ways. Much of the film, of course, documents the music and conversations that make up such a big part of the People’s Climate Music movement. The nearly 30-minute mini-documentary is available for free below, but fans can support the project by purchasing the soundtrack to the film which features Yusef, Common, Raheem Devaughn, and more.