Hometown Heroes Ask What Will You Do for Earth

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bleed Seattle green, and want to help ensure that future generations can enjoy nature the way they did.

The hip hop duo, the first duo in history to have their first two singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, are showing fans the role nature plays in their lives and calling them to action. The pair recently joined a group of musical artists who are inspired by nature and joined our All Hands on Earth campaign.

Meet the Challenge

In the exclusive video , Macklemore and Ryan Lewis pose the powerful question, “What Will You Do For Earth?” - a call to action motivating people of all demographics to do something for the Earth.

“A big part of my upbringing--in terms of making hip-hop music--was at parks because we were too young to kick it at our parent’s house,” said Macklemore. “It would be Friday night, and that’s where you’d end up, at a Seattle Park. That’s really where I started rapping and freestyling … so I have a long lineage of kind of finding out who I am really, via the outdoors.”

Seattle, set in the midst of nature’s bounty, plays a starring role in these chart-topping videos. “Thrift Shop,” which sings the joys of bargain shopping, takes you inside Seattle Goodwill (look for the PG version if you search for it on the Web). “Can’t Hold Us” intertwines towering mountains, deep forests and big ocean with city scenes and takes the duo and their musicians all over the world before returning dramatically to Seattle.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis offer an eloquent demonstration of how important nature can be in the life of every child, whether in the city or in the country, even in a culture as urban as hip hop.

Go Deeper

Find out how more musicians are engaging everyone to do something for Earth at All Hands on Earth.

Visit Ebey’s Landing, an easy day trip from Seattle.

Get your kids outside with help from The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Rocks program.

Nature Works Everywhere – Lesson plans for teachers to engage students in nature. 


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