The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
Baba Brinkman, white Canadian rapper and Edinburgh Fringe regular, is back with the latest in a series of Rap Guides – past editions include guides to evolution, religion, and human nature – this time exploring the science and politics of climate change.
It is an intelligent, info-rich show. Brinkman fires data and statistics at his audience in lyrical waves. The son of a politician who wrote her master’s degree thesis on climate change, he knows his subject inside out and is more than capable of unpacking its complexities. He talks – or rather rhymes – us through not just the science, but the history of that science, eloquently countering the climate change naysayers, the Trumps, the deniers. He explains why he does not believe that individual acts can create lasting change, only a global joined-up policy, and advocates strongly for a climate tax as a way of moving towards a solution. He also flags up his own hypocrisy – as an artist travelling the planet to talk to people about the consequences of our continuing consumption.
As a performer he is fluid, self-aware, passionate and engaging. He is also very funny, and while some of the things he discusses are rightfully alarming, there is a lot of wit in his writing too – he leaves his audience with much to think about.