Climate Hero

from Rapsode by Baba Brinkman

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The health co-benefits of reduced greenhouse gas pollution are win-win for individual and societal health, especially through the reduction of chronic diseases. Once you factor in these co-benefits, tackling climate change literally pays for itself.

Further reading:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7654632/

Made with support from UW CHanGE:
globalchange.uw.edu

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Climate Hero
Cheer on the climate hero

Hey, we must be talkin’ ‘bout climate change
I can see it your face, that writhing pain
Strife and strain, sacrifice your gains
For the planet and cast down your eyes in shame

Shame! Let the penance begin
The climate change flagellation of thin skin
Sin! Sin! Mother Nature’s vengeance
Never talk about mitigation as win-win

“When we get dedicated, we can mitigate it
By makin’ the expensive and difficult changes
Climate change is regrettably necessitating
So take your medicine and get educated!”

That’s the narrative, it’s time to bury it
Health benefits of mitigation so various
So serious, survival of the cheeriest
Live long and prosper, those are covariants

And yes, I know emissions are tragic
But co-emission factors are really killin’ us faster
Sulfur dioxide, particulate matter
Mercury, lead, cancer, heart conditions, asthma

Every year millions succumb to these
So fossil fuel companies are coming under siege
When emissions go down, so does lung disease
Some decisions aren’t as tough as they seem

Cheers to the planet and to your health
And to the glaciers, may they never melt
You could be the hero to someone else
But the one that you save might be yourself

Be yourself, just be yourself
The one that you save might be yourself
Go be the hero to someone else
And you might save yourself

Climate hero
Cheer on the climate hero

You say “Biking is to my liking”
My climate hero, sacrificing
That longer-life thing? That’s just icing
Fit like a Skarsgard Northern Viking

Walking not driving, cars go faster
Cars blow massive carbon smoke backwards
Walking is better for cardiovascular
Co-factors, hearts, strokes, and cancers

Especially if the physically activity
Is integrated with a nutritional scheme
Extra beans and greens and less red meat
Ancillary effect of living emission free

Is we never settle for less
And see fewer premature preventable deaths
Climate change is anthropogenic, and yes
Tackling it is bringin’ the health co-benefits

Cheers to the planet and to your health
And to the glaciers, may they never melt
You could be the hero to someone else
But the one that you save might be yourself

Be yourself, just be yourself
The one that you save might be yourself
Go be the hero to someone else
And you might save yourself

Climate hero
Cheer on the climate hero

Climate change, sacrifice and pain
But mitigation brings surprising gains
GAINS! Greenhouse Gas, Air Pollution
Interactions and Synergies, room for improvement

Build for humans, public transportation
Bike lanes, fewer cars and less pavement
Motivated by climate mitigation
Now just watch the drop in hospitalizations

Quantification of whatever destroys us
All that coal, gas, and oil emits poisons
Industrial sectors make electric choices
Tens of millions of future deaths avoided

Decades of better health, taken to account
The cost of mitigation really pays for itself
Before the effect on climate change is felt
So all my heroes, better save yourselves

Cheers to the planet and to your health
And to the glaciers, may they never melt
You could be the hero to someone else
But the one that you save might be yourself

Be yourself, just be yourself
The one that you save might be yourself
Go be the hero to someone else
And you might save yourself

Climate hero
Cheer on the climate hero

credits

from Rapsode, released May 15, 2023
Lyrics by Baba Brinkman
Chorus Vocals by Aaron Ross
Produced by Mr. Simmonds

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Baba Brinkman New York, New York

Science rapper and inventor of several novel hip-hop variants. Canadian transplant to New York. Pathological optimist.

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