Sean Paul, a dancehall singer, used to consider climate change a distant threat. He would probably not experience it himself.
“As a child Growing up in Jamaica you are constantly told that climate change is an issue. [would happen]”In the future,” he said to Sky News’s Beth Rigby Interviews program, airing tonight at 9:00pm. “And I was always like: maybe that will never happen.”
The Jamaican singer, however, has spoken out about his “first-hand” experience with climate change in Kingston.
As a kid, he spent weekends at Hellshire Beach with his family. There was only about 20 feet of beach between the seafood shacks on the shore and the water.
“Over the years, this beach has receded,” he stated. “It’s very depressing to see the beach disappear right now. It’s also shocking to me when I think back to my childhood memories.
He said that the coral reef that used as a buffer for the beach from the ocean “cannot survive.” The climate is changing.
Warmer temperatures are increasing the risk of coral bleaching and disease outbreaks. Additionally, higher levels carbon dioxide are making the seas more acidic. This is affecting how organisms build reefs.
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Sean Paul is a musician who is known for his music. However, he also considers the environment an important part of his repertoire.
He attended the 2015 COP21 climate summit, which produced the historic Paris Agreement. In the same year, he also brought together Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, and Paul McCartney for the song ‘Love Song to Earth’ to raise awareness about the crisis.
He is about to release “Scorcha”, his eighth album. However, he said that he would love to continue campaigning for the environment. This includes ongoing beach cleans in Jamaica and research on ways to restore the coral reef.
The musician, who has worked alongside many stars over his 20-year career, spoke out to reveal his favorite collaboration was with Rihanna.
“She came to Jamaica. He said that she was able to show her how we perform in the club, at the studio, on the beach, and at the Bob Marley Museum.
“It was really cool to show someone that, because most of my time I have to fly to work with someone overseas or we do it via a plane. [the] internet.”
He said that it was “pretty extraordinary” to be able to show someone, who was quickly becoming popular, how it is done in Jamaica.
If he were to headline Glastonbury, he’d open with “Get Busy”, his 2002 hit.[get]He said, “The crowd started”.
Beenie Man, a Jamaican musician, stated that citizens did not want Prince William to visit their country in March. Many had protested the planned visit by the royal.
Sean Paul, whose mother is from England’s Coventry said that he would be happy for the country to stay in the Commonwealth.
“But I can tell” [about]People’s frustration… It feels like: “So, where are the people we can rely upon?”
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