WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Hip Hop Caucus’ “One Planet. One Voice.” campaign is celebrating Earth Day by honoring 350 African-American pacemakers who, through their professions, passions and service, are making the planet a better place to live.
As part of an effort to reshape the brand of environmentalism, the “350 For Earth Day” list highlights leaders in media, entertainment, sports, law, politics, education, and business. Some notable honorees include Kanye West, Soledad O’Brien, Ambassador Susan Rice, AME Bishop Vashti McKenzie and environmental activist Van Jones.
“Communities of color are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns, yet the studies show that we are amongst the most adversely affected by pollution and climate change,” said the Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, in a statement. “This Earth Day we are standing up as good stewards of the earth because this is about the health of our families and future generations.”
From the “350 For Earth Day” site Hip Hop Caucus supporters and the public will be able to organize and promote education and awareness events nationwide. These activities will comprise the largest Earth Day mobilization within the African-American community in the 41-year history of this international day. Earth Day takes place April 22 this year and coincides with Good Friday, a major day of faith for many African Americans.
The “350 For Earth Day” honoree gallery is available on a mini-site at www.hiphopcaucus.org/earthday.