Beyoncé made a plea for unity and called out the effect of climate change during Tuesday’s cross-network airing of ‘Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief’. A total of 15.7 million people tuned in to watch an array of acts including Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj.
Beyoncé in her speech alluded to the divided nature of the current political climate: “Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, Wealthy or Poor.”
Beyoncé recently visited St. John’s Church in Houston to help with the Harvey Hurricane relief effort. She addressed Houston as her family, praising their strength and resilience: “Y’all are my family, Houston is my home. I thank God that you’re safe.” Beyoncé proved to be a pivotal source of inspiration to millions, broadening people’s awareness on climate change “Just this past week, we’ve seen devastation from the monsoon in India and 8.1 earthquake in Mexico and multiple catastrophic hurricanes.”
At the event, Drake provided some of his own words of encouragement in a call to action. “These days, it seems as if one issue is ending, another is beginning and I know it can be extremely overwhelming but your attention and assistance is of extreme importance.”
This April, Passionate environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio joined thousands in a protest rally in Washington DC to mark President Trump’s 100th day in office – a man who is a firm denier of Climate Change.
A total of 300 coinciding protest took place across America, holding signs that read “There is no Planet B” and, “Make earth great again.” The protests took place objecting the presidents rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions. The President has made his views on Climate Change very clear with tweets such as, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
DiCaprio spoke out against climate change deniers such as Trump arguing that “if you don’t believe in climate change, you don’t believe in facts and science and empirical truths.” The ‘Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’ created by the actor, is dedicated in supporting resiliency through restoring balance to threatened eco-systems and communities. Projects within the foundation include restoring degraded coasts in Somalia to restoring Brazil’s Atlantic coastal forest.
Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, the first two natural disasters of Trump’s Presidency, have not changed his views on Climate change as he states: “We’ve had bigger storms.” Anders Leverman, a climate scientist told Bloomberg: “Unfortunately, the physicality is very clear: Hurricanes get their destructive energy from the warmth of the ocean, and the region’s water temperatures are super elevated.”
Earlier this year, Trump pulled America out of the Paris Climate Accord as a “reassertion of American’s sovereignty” adding he was “elected for the citizens of Pittsburgh not Paris.” The U.S. is the World’s second-largest emitter of carbon, behind China producing around 5,170 megatons of Carbon Dioxide in 2015. Unfortunately for America, there will be no ratification of the historical international agreement. It is crucial that more celebrities promote the harmful effects of Climate Change through educating a younger generation. This week’s telethon is just the beginning of more events aimed at raising awareness for Climate Change that is happening now.
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