April 22nd, 2011
The notion of One Planet. One Voice. reminds us that we are all in this thing we call life together. Unfortunately, we have been polluting our planet to such an extent that we are hurting ourselves.
We’ve all seen pollution’s devastating health effects. It’s the asthma that affects our children, it’s the allergies that get worse every year, it’s the extremely high rates of cancer, and it’s the heatstroke that kills too many seniors. It’s also climate change that is causing extreme and dangerous weather patterns, from tsunami’s to hurricanes that take lives, to droughts that cause extreme food shortages.
Because of our growing inequality across the globe, people of color and poor people are suffering disproportionately from these serious consequences of pollution.
We have no choice but to come together and speak with one voice, towards one goal – a healthy planet to ensure healthy and prosperous people.
Join the One Planet. One Voice. campaign to make this Earth Day, and this Good Friday, (which are both on Friday, April 22, 2011), a hopeful day of education, awareness, and diverse movement building.
For Future Generations,
Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.
President and CEO
Hip Hop Caucus Education Fund
Show Some Love for the Planet.
Get Some Love Back.
Here are three ways you can engage in Earth Day with One Planet. One Voice.
1. Organize an Earth Day event in your community, with your church, at your home, in a club, on your campus, really anywhere! We will be posting How-to Toolkits soon, in the meantime email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2. Join the conversation! TWEET #1Planet1Voice and give some hashtag love on facebook. Share this link with all your friends and family www.hiphopcaucus.org/earthday.
3. Click the ‘Right to Breathe’ button on the right to take online action today!
How often do you consider your breath? The ‘Right to Breathe’ may not be in the U.S. Constitution, but the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness is, and the ability to take air into your lungs, specifically healthy air, is essential to living and to achieving your dreams. Click on the ‘Right to Breathe’ button below and learn more from our partners at Earthjustice.
This Earth Day we decided to celebrate African American leaders across all fields and professions who are making a difference in this world. Earth Day isn’t just about trees and parks, or recycling and reusing. It’s about all of us, on this one planet. It is a day to acknowledge what we all do to make this world a beautiful place to live, and also to commit to what we must do better.
We chose to honor exactly 350 courageous, creative and powerful leaders for a reason. As you probably are aware, we are facing a global challenge that threatens life on this planet as we know it – climate change. Science tells us we have to make some big changes now to ensure that things don’t get too out of control. Currently, there are about 388 Parts Per Million of CO2 in the atmosphere, which way is too high. It is causing the temperature on Earth to rise. Our global goal is to get us back down to at most 350 Parts Per Million of CO2 in the atmosphere. Want to know more about 350? Check out this video by our friends at 350.org.