We Love the Earth


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In conjunction with Earth Day, Monday April 22, Lil Dicky (comic/rapper) has enlisted lots of pop artists and actors who participated in this “We Are the World” type video called “We Love the Earth.” The message is simple: Save our Planet. The video is particularly targeted to young people. (note: language may not be suitable for young children).

As it happens, I recently had an intimate conversation with 85-year old Dr. Jane Goodall, who talks about spreading that same message.  She and I discuss how children around the world get the message. And, it seems, only in the U.S. is saving the the earth somehow intertwined with politics.

The leader of our country first famously called climate change a “Chinese hoax.” Actually, IN FACT (facts are supposed to matter), the phenomenon was first discovered back when in Australia and New Zealand, simultaneously discovered a hole in the ozone, and scientists noted changes in the Antarctic and soon the Arctic and from there experts began to pay attention from nations worldwide.

Scientists from around over 100 nations agree unanimously – climate change is real. Track temperatures of the oceans and seas on the planet and air temperatures. See how species are already being affected. I’m unsure how all that can be denied. Even President Trump recently, finally, agreed that climate change is real, though he said humans have nothing to do with it. In my interview with Dr. Goodall, she actually found that statement laughable. That’s just how ignorant it is.

Back to Dicky’s efforts to reach young people. Not only did he create this song/video, he also  created an entire website, simply called EARTH, filled with lots of information which young people – but I argue – all people – need to hear.

Interesting, his message is identical to Goodall’s: “The Earth needs our help. If we don’t make massive changes to our behavior over the next twelve years, the damage we’ve done to this planet will be irreversible. Oceans will be destroyed, super storms will become even more super, cities will flood, the air will suck, and we’ll run out of food and energy. And not in a couple of hundred years either, scientists say it’s right around the corner. But the power to prevent this is in our hands! We can save the Earth!!!” 

Artists in the video include Zach Brown, Snoop Dogg, Kevin Hart, Adam Levine, Sean Mendes, Charlie Puth, Sia, Miley Cyrus, Lil John, Rita Ora, Miquel, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainer, Backstreet Boys, Bad Bunny, John Legend, PSY, Kris Wu and Leonardo DiCaprio.

“We Are the World” resonated in its day – I hope “We Love the Earth” song does as well. It’s a message we not only need to hear – but also need to heed.

 

 

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