Fighting climate change with hip hop
On Thursday April 3 at 6 p.m. the struggle against global warming will come to an unlikely destination: Wayne State’s St. Andrew’s Hall. Many of Detroit’s hip hop legends made names for themselves in that venue, which makes it the perfect setting for the Hip Hop Caucus Act on Climate.
Black and poor communities across the nation are suffering the hazards of climate change disproportionately, with existing issues of higher asthma rates, and the likelihood of living in the path of an extreme weather event.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Black children in Michigan are more than twice as likely as white children to report having asthma, making them more susceptible to asthmas attacks resulting from dirty air caused by climate change. In 2013, Detroit had the sixth highest rate of asthma prevalence in the U.S. A 2011 University of Michigan study showed more than 80 percent of Black school children attend schools located in the top 10 percent of the most polluted locations in the state. According to the report: “Schools located in areas within the state’s highest industrial air pollution levels had the lowest attendance rates — an indicator of poor health — as well as the highest proportions of students failing to meet state educational testing standards.”
The Hip Hop Caucus Act is looking to “lift up voices from the Black community in support of action on climate change.” The tour combines presentations from climate change experts and activists with performances by hip hop artists and DJs. The show on the April 3 at St. Andrew’s, which is free and open to the public, will feature appearances by Raheem Devaughn, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Rev. Gerald Durley, Dr. Michael Dorsey, Kimberley Hill Knott, Comedienne Amanda Seales, rapper Dee-1, RCA Recording Artist, Bijou Star, Ro Spit and 107.5’s DJBJ.
For more information, visit www.climate.hiphopcaucus.org.
— Staff report