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Audio: Rev. Lennox Yearwood on why he’s ‘excited’ about the urgency and energy behind climate action

  • On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, a non-profit group based in the US that advocates for social and environmental justice.
  • Reverend Yearwood and the Hip Hop Caucus will have a big presence at the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit as well as in the streets outside the summit and the UN general assembly occurring the same week.
  • Yearwood talks about participating in the week-long Global Climate Strike during the UN meetings; providing a platform for indigenous leaders, people of color, and young people to speak on climate issues that affect them; and his “suites to the streets” approach to climate activism.

On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, a non-profit group based in the US that advocates for social and environmental justice.

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Reverend Yearwood joins us to speak about the upcoming UN Climate Summit here in New York City and what it’s going to take to pass legislation and policies that can effectively tackle the enormity of the climate crisis.

Impacts of the growing climate crisis are all around us, as the Amazon burns, category 5 Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the United States after slamming the Bahamas, and July 2019 goes down as the hottest year ever recorded on planet Earth. The UN will convene a Climate Action Summit on September 23 to highlight the efforts countries are already taking and spur deeper commitments to combat global climate change.

Reverend Yearwood and the Hip Hop Caucus will have a big presence at the summit as well as in the streets outside the summit and the UN general assembly occurring the same week. On this episode, Yearwood talks about participating in the week-long Global Climate Strike during the UN meetings; providing a platform for indigenous leaders, people of color, and young people to speak on climate issues that affect them; and his “suites to the streets” approach to climate activism.

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Reverend Lennox Yearwood. Photo courtesy of the Hip Hop Caucus.

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