U-Turn: Raptivism in Action
U-Turn is a performance based educational initiative designed to engage and activate students around the climate crisis. Since 2009, Climate Cycle has had significant success in realizing its mission of inspiring students to green our world through a combination of educational initiatives and green school projects. Increasingly, the largest impact was found through school presentations and performances incorporating hip-hop and freestyle rap into environmental education.
Green Schools and Students
From the beginning, our success has been propelled by an energetic core of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that believes in the importance of sustainability for our students’ future. All told, Climate Cycle has procured 52 green schools projects (including 15 solar panel installations) across 20 schools (19 of them CPS) and presented to over 25,000 students on the importance of sustainability and the urgency of the climate crisis, along with solutions and opportunities to address it.