Denver rapper/DJ/midwife wants to use twerking to raise awareness about fracking

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In "Hybrid Lex," Cavem laments the effects of pollution on the city. He also challenges people to make changes in their lives. He offers up simple solutions, like riding a bike around your neighborhood instead of filling up your gas guzzler and cruising around.
Cavem isn't putting aside his old projects in favor of Eco-Twerk, however. In fact, he's hoping to bring the class he currently teaches in Denver to a wider audience. He's working on an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for his Produce Section curriculum. His plan is to raise $55,000, which will be used to establish urban gardening programs, provide tools with which to maintain them and set up workshops for inner-city schools.

Whether he reaches that goal or not, Cavem still wants to find ways to get kids to think more about their planet. He's also working to convince school districts to install tower gardens in their classrooms. The gardens, one version of which he designed, are small, hydroponic systems that are easily maintained, so students can learn gardening skills and be exposed to healthier food. But that's just a start. Cavem recognizes the challenges of motivating people, whether they are students or not, to make pervasive changes to their lifestyle. Hip-hop is a uniquely powerful tool, and he knows firsthand that rappers can have a profound influence.

"I grew up listening to KRS-One, Gang Starr, Tupac. They changed my life," he says. "A lot of that is what I want to do. I want to change people's lives."

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