Award-winning rapper and DEA member Dr Nat Harris has released a new video the Call Out, which you can view
here. It's spare and powerful lyrics capture nature’s rapid decline and the need for urgent action to turn the climate crisis around. The video launch comes ahead of Saturday’s federal election, which has attracted a record number of young Australians to enrol.
Dr Harris, a University of Melbourne medical student, who performs as Philosorapper, has produced the rap video on behalf of Doctors for the Environment Australia. The video was filmed by Richard Garcia.
“This video release is a heartfelt, urgent call to all young people to demand our politicians address climate change,” Dr Harris said in a statement.
“Worsening air pollution, drought, heat waves and bushfires occurring as a result of climate change threaten Australian’s health and livelihood and the situation is not abating.
“There is a climate emergency and we need politicians who are bold and believe in change so we can avoid apocalyptic environmental changes.
“We now have only a short window of opportunity to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and move to more sustainable energy supplies.
“If we are not able to do this in the next few years, it will lead to difficult and heartbreaking health conditions for many Australians.
“In 2019, floods inundated Townsville, fires burned through more than 190,000 hectares in Tasmania, droughts are torturing farmers and communities in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and the whole country just sweltered through the hottest-ever January since records began in 1910.
“Australia’s young people deserve the same opportunity to grow up on a healthy planet as previous generations.”
Dr Harris has been awarded the following for his rap presentationss and videos:
• British Council - Fame Lab – NSW Finalist (2014)
• ATA Scientific – Young Scientist Award (2014)
• Amplify Festival Bright Sparks Australian Finalist (2015)
• Thinkable Research Innovation Award – Most Creative Research Award (2015)