Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), both members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are hoping to change the face of climate change by educating Black colleges and universities on its detrimental effects on Black communities, reports The Hill.

The two congressmen are joining the efforts of the Hip Hop Caucus to fight back against a deeply entrenched stereotype that the environment is not an important issue for Black America.

“When you think of environmentalists, people think of, quite frankly, some white person, probably wearing Birkenstocks or something and tying themselves to a tree,” Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Friday during a press call.

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The Department of Health and Human Services reports that African-Americans are 20 percent more likely than white people to have asthma.

These communities are also more vulnerable to natural disasters, the lawmakers said.

This, in turn, can prevent people from going to work and children from going to school, leading to fewer economic opportunities, they said.

“If you’ve ever wondered about test scores between black students and white students, if you’ve ever wondered about health disparities, if you’ve ever wondered about who gets to make it through the flood and the big bad storm and who doesn’t, you really don’t have to look any further than this issue of climate change,” Ellison said.

The tour will begin next Thursday at Hampton University in Virginia and includes stops at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Wayne State University in Detroit, Central State University in Ohio, North Carolina A&T and Clark Atlanta University.

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One thought on “Hip Hop Caucus Looks To Change The Face Of Climate Change

  1. “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs” ….. pretty much says it all, I would think.

    At the very least describes why (most) Americans don’t make the time to understand (the questionable state of) the AGW debate, as it exists today – having often been provided misleading data, regarding matters more scientific than most of them prefer – now to include one (surely well-intended, but) very misbegotten “hip hop caucus.”

    Safe to say this will (likely) end up yet another effort funneling money out of the private sector and into hands of politicians; themselves mislead, and leading the charge – all for the sake of some “certain-man-made catastrophe” whose “anthropomorphic element” remains considerably “unproven.”

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