Watch: Hip-Hop Star Boots Riley Calls for People to Stand Up for Climate Justice

In this video produced by the Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project, a social change group based in Oakland, Calif., viewers meet the newest hero of the climate justice movement. That’s “Brother Earth,” a talking version of our own planet played by hip-hop star Boots Riley, the vocalist in the musical act The Coup.


“I’ve spent billions of years getting my atmospheric outfit just right,” Riley says, running a finger down the collar of his leather jacket. “But lately, something’s been messing with my style.”

That something, as you may have guessed, is climate change. The video moves on to make a strong plea for viewers to speak up about that and defend “Brother Earth” wherever they can, whether it’s outside the United Nation’s Climate Summit next week, or in their own neighborhood.

Highly recommended (although be advised that the video contains some strong language). If you’d like to learn more about Movement Generation, check out their site here.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close