watch beyoncé’s moving speech on climate change at the hurricane relief telethon
"Natural disasters don't discriminate. They don't see if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy, or poor."
In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, Hand in Hand charity held a telethon to raise money for the millions of people affected. During the broadcast, Beyoncé made a powerful speech urging people to donate, stick together to help one another and, importantly, acknowledge the consequences of climate change. "During the time when it's impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country," she starts, "just when you think it couldn't possibly get any worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives".
She continued by highlighting how such disasters don't discriminate: "They don't see if you're an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy, or poor. It doesn't matter if you're from Third Ward or River Oaks, we're all in this together."
Climate change impacts everyone, and its effects are being felt worldwide. Concerningly, the president of one of the most powerful countries in the world -- one of the countries that's been hit the hardest by the hurricanes -- doesn't seem to accept that climate change is real.
Beyoncé's speech is a poignant reminder that it is. "The effects of climate change are playing out around the world everyday. Just this past week, we've seen devastation from the monsoon in India, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico and multiple catastrophic hurricanes," she explained. "Irma alone has left a trail of death and destruction from the Caribbean to Florida to the Southern United States. We have to be prepared for what comes next."