Climate Change Takes a New Approach: Review of Lil Dicky's “Earth” Video


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Lil Dicky’s video cover from his video, “Earth,” on Youtube

Throughout social media, you’ve probably stumbled upon a post or two about climate change in these past few months. Climate change has been a huge topic all over social media websites, such as Twitter, Instagram, and more.

A rap artist that many teenagers listen to, Lil Dicky, brought this topic to life. In his video, “Earth,” he explains climate change in a creative way that teens and adults can understand. This video caused a huge wave of attention towards the planet. Teenagers started to post about this video and started suggesting ways to help our planet, becoming more aware about the seriousness of climate change.  

“The video brought to life a very important topic that people in society usually pass off and think it’s not a big deal. I liked the way Lil Dicky made the video interesting, instead of just straight facts about climate change. It brought attention to the youth to make them interested in it as well,” said sophomore Gavin Pittman.

In Lil Dicky’s video, he starts off with him running into a group of kids that are around the age of 12 and tells them to pick up the trash they knocked over. Only one of the boys ends up picking the trash up, but in that pile of trash, he finds a book and opens it up. That is when the music for the video starts, and a land of cartoon creatures pop up.

In this cartoon land full of clean land, the animals talk. Very famous influencers, such as Ariana Grande, plays a zebra, and Justin Bieber plays a baboon. There are many other animals. These animals introduce themselves in a comedic way to get viewers interested.

Then things take a turn towards a more serious subject as a cartoon version of Lil Dicky pops up touring the modern world’s countries. He explains some serious issues we have in the world in the version of a rap song. For example, the lyrics state, “These days it’s like we don’t know how to act, all these shootings, pollution, we under attack, on ourselves. Like, let’s all just chill, respect what we built.”

The purpose of this was to get everyone interested on climate change and wanting to make a change. Lil Dicky raps in a “harsh” way about what society is doing to the Earth and how we’re being petty about it and not doing anything.

“There are so many people out there who don’t think global warming is a real thing. You know? We gotta save this planet. We’re being stupid!” Dicky sings.

Dicky’s video changed the youths perspective on climate change and inspired them to bring awareness to others.

“I like the topic that he picked because sometimes artists pick controversial topics to bring attention towards, but a lot of times people forget about climate change and the importance of it. Lil Dicky’s turn on how to bring awareness to it made it a way so many people can enjoy the video, but also a way to get the message across and make a change,” said senior Isaiah Hobson.