Brooklyn & Nashville Folk Communities Fight Climate Change With Benefit Concerts

Haas Kowert Tice – Photo by Michael George

Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have occurred since 2000, and the Earth’s hottest year ever was 2016. While El Niño weather patterns have intensified temperatures, 97 percent or more of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.

img_0469However, President Trump has called climate change a hoax and nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. Pruitt previous promoted himself as a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”

That’s what’s driving folk musicians in Brooklyn and Nashville to host Folk Fights Back this Sunday, Jan 29th. Two concerts with great lineups will be held simultaneously in each city and streamed online on Concert Window. The concerts will benefit nonprofit environmental law organizations Earthjustice and the Southern Environmental Law Center, and representatives from the organizations will speak about how people can best preserve environmental policies that will undoubtedly be on the chopping block during the Trump era.

img_0563“We wanted to bring our communities together in support of the people that will help fight policies that go against everything we believe,” said Brooklyn fiddler Lily Henley, one of the event’s organizers and performers. “It’s an overwhelming time, and we are just trying to use our music to engage, stay active and stay awake. We are starting small, that’s the only place we can start.”

More details on these events below. See my previous post for a deeper look at the role of folk music in the Trump era.

Jalopy Theater
7PM ET on Sunday, January 29th
Tickets | Live Stream
The Brother Brothers, Courtney Hartman, Lily & Duncan, Jean Rohe, Phoebe Hunt & Dominick Leslie, Stephanie Coleman & James Shipp, and Hannah Read.
Benefiting Earthjustice

The Family Wash and Garage Coffee
6PM CT on Sunday, January 29th
Tickets | Live Stream
Haas Kowert Tice, 10 String Symphony, Molly Tuttle, The Danberrys, Nora Jane Struthers & Joe Overton, George Jackson & Adam Roszkiewicz, and Kaitlyn Raitz & Ben Plotnick
Benefiting the Southern Environmental Law Center