Thank you for doing this interview. I think what you are up to is amazing!
Can you tell our readers a bit about your background? When did you create Mr. Eco? And why did you come up with the idea?
I believe monumental changes begin with youth, so I combined my passions for hip-hop and sustainability into an eco rap superhero named Mr. Eco! I use music to empower youth to be “EcoHeroes.”
I created Mr. Eco when I was a sophomore in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2011.
What are some of your favorite song lyrics so far? What inspired them?
I have 25 songs now with two albums. It is hard to pinpoint certain lyrics.
Songs are inspired by certain topics I want to cover, or stories that I have heard.
For example on my new album “Renewable Rap” that collaborates with youth from 6 countries on songs… There are two songs that are old stories I heard, which really impacted me. So, I made them into full songs.
- Starfish Story
- Two Wolves
Here are some lyrics that come to mind:
“Earth got a fever and I think less cowbell would help” – Meatless Monday
“Litter really bugs me. Really? Literally” – Litterbug
“Then it dawned on us that when the suns out, you don’t have to light it” – Solar Coaster Ride
Do you have a music video you are working on, or created recently?
Yes! I have released a couple of music videos recently off of “Renewable Rap.” You can find the others at the base of this interview. Plastic Surgery was filmed in St Luica. I have three other videos that are ready to be released in the upcoming months.
What can parents do when it comes to educating their children about being eco-friendly?
Listen to all of Mr. Eco’s music!
My advice would be to not get overwhelmed and just start with one thing. I know that is cliché, but clichés are true. If you try to take up too much before little things are habits, you won’t be able to handle all of the change at once. The best place to start with the most impact is to stop eating red meat.
As an Eco- Superhero, is there an event or experience that you’ve had which stands out, and why?
I’ve performed for 300+ schools reaching 150,000+ students in four countries so of course there are a lot of great experiences I have had.
One recently that comes to mind is an 8th grader who reached out to me. I performed at his school in 5th grade and he said this “Back then I really didn’t care mostly because I wasn’t mature enough to realize the real problem we have. I think what your doing is great! And I would love to help you spread your message!”
I also don’t think it will ever get old having little kids tell you that you are their “favorite” superhero or rapper and genuinely mean it at the time.
What is your hope for the next generation of children and our environment?
I may not change the world, but I hope to spark a lot of kid’s brains that do. My hope for the next generation of children and our environment is that they still have some environment to protect. And they can rebuild the damage older generations have done as true EcoHeroes.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview.
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