The People's Climate Speaks on Earth Day

The People's Climate Speaks on Earth Day

HOME features vocals from Common, Ne-Yo, Elle Varner and more.

Published April 22, 2015

UPDATE:

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), People's Climate Music and the Hip Hop Caucus have taken their climate movement to greater heights this year by enlisting the same acts from their HOME project to bring awareness to Earth preservation.

In a statement issued exclusively to BET.com, the organization expounded on their mission, specifically tailoring it to the importance and relevance of Earth Day: "People's Climate Music was created to educate and mobilize the citizens of the world around the urgent message of climate change," the statement reads. "It is apparent not only by the extreme weather we experienced this winter, but also by the amount of preventable illnesses associated with breathing in the air that our immediate attention is needed."

The HOME soundtrack, which was released on Dec. 2, 2014, features several high-profile musicians including Elle Varner, Common and Ne-Yo, who all lent their time and talent to promote the mission of the organization.

Check out their promotional video below:

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Apple and the non-profit advocacy organization the Hip Hop Caucus have joined forces to produce an album set to bring worldwide awareness to the issue of climate control. The musical project titled HOME was released first as a condensed EP earlier this month before the full LP is set to release in December.

HOME, an acronym for Heal Our Mother Earth, sees the two major companies partner in support of the rising power of the people-driven global movement demanding action on climate change. The 11-track album features a slew of musical chart-toppers including Malik Yusef, Common, Ne-Yo, Elle Varner and Raheem DeVaughn, who have lent their voices to cover significant environmental-themed songs.

"With People's Climate Music and HOME, we will continue to increase the numbers of people taking part in the movement to save our planet," said Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Hip Hop Caucus's president and CEO. "We are going to reach beyond traditional environmental audiences and bring greater awareness and understanding that people are suffering from the impacts of climate change now and we must come together to solve this crisis."

According to the issued press release, the album will ultimately serve as the exclusive soundtrack for the movement to fight climate change by calling action for national and international solutions, starting with President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which will significantly eliminate dangerous carbon pollution from the U.S. power plants for the first time.

Speaking on the thought process behind coming up with the album title, spoken word artist, poet and musician Malik Yusef said, "We named this project HOME because all of us, as diverse as we are, share a home, and we only have one of them... I'm proud that my music industry peers chose to contribute to this project as I did. The climate movement can't fail when aligned with the spirit of art."

HOME is currently available for pre-order on iTunes for only $4.99 and will officially be released on Dec. 2.

 

(Photo: Hip Hop Caucus/The Private Plane)

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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