Culture Dose | Decolonizing The World | Compost NYC | World is Burning Podcast

This Earth Month, take a few extra moments to reflect on a more meaningful relationship with the natural world. From making a deeper connection with the planet, to learning about the complexities of fashion and colonialism, to discovering the joy of composting, there are many ways to observe and appreciate our world.

To help make your experience even more engaging and interesting, we’ve compiled a list of recommendations for what to watch and listen to this April. Join us as we tune into a webinar about decolonizing fashion, groove along with Nate and Hila’s music video about composting, and listen to the World is Burning podcast to stay informed about the impacts of climate change. We promise that spending some time with these amazing Earth Month resources will leave you feeling inspired and motivated to take action.

Watch: Decolonizing Land, Labor and Fashion

We want to highlight this webinar by one of our Fashion Influencers according to NoKill, Aditi Mayer, the sustainable fashion blogger, activist, and photojournalist. Guests from all over the world joined Aditi in an important and complex discussion with Indian decolonial leaders Dr. Vandana Shiva, Nishanth Chopra (Oshadi Collective) and Rupsi Garg (Kheti Virisat Mission). With the rise of farmer protests across India, the panelists provided the necessary context and history regarding other issues India has faced, from the impacts of colonization, the Green Revolution, and on-going attempts of privatization.

Note: this is from 2021 but still well worth watching.

WATCH:  Compost by Nate and Hila (feat. DiorNoel) – A Portrait of the NYC Composting Community

“Compost”, the new single from eco-rappers Nate and Hila, breaks down how we can recycle our organic waste, and why it is so important for the future of our communities and our planet. The song also features a guest appearance from Bronx rapper, compost master, and activist Dior Noel.

The music video documents New York City’s vibrant, but currently threatened, compost scene, showcasing community compost sites across the five boroughs. The NYC compost program has recently been defunded and some of its most crucial sites are being evicted. This compost anthem responds to that crisis, and provides a catchy, warm-hearted introduction to the fundamentals of transforming food scraps into soil.

Nate and Hila are an artistic duo creating music videos and live shows about environmental philosophy and social justice. They’re based in NYC, and are the resident rappers at Brooklyn’s House of Yes. 2020 saw the debut of their original live show Naughty for Nature, a musical exploration of the sexual behavior of animals, which received write-ups in Billboard and Sierra Club Magazine. READ our interview with them here.

Where to find them:
Instagram: @nateandhila
TikTok: @nateandhila

In addition- check out NoKill’s Guide to Composting!

Listen to: The world is burning

Each episode tells environmental stories from the climate crisis in an engaging and easy-to-understand way. Topics range from the environmental impacts of musicians touring, with Harry Styles’ first solo being a case study (one of our fav episodes!) to issues like food deserts and the potential solution of food forests.

World is Burning is hosted by Elise Nye and Olivia Hamilton, two friends from college who both studied music business. Feeling like they didn’t learn about the environment in school in ways that weren’t overwhelmingly scientific or suspiciously corporate, they have created a podcast that creates space to talk about environmental sustainability in a way that is fun and accessible for everyone. The stories they cover from the climate crisis will keep you up to date on current climate events as well as well as history you may not have known before!

Listen Here:
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Find them on Instagram and on their website!

–Leah Flannery

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