The Lord was recognized DiversityShe commented on the 350 women’s event for her efforts on behalf of Aotearoa, an organization whose “fossil fuel-powered projects promise to return to the country is truly inspiring.”
Presented by HBO’s “Euphoria” model, LGBTQ advocate and star Hunter Schaefer, who said: “Last year, the Lord used his powerful words, sound and presence to promote environmentalism and raise awareness of the growing problem of climate change. Nearly, this is an important issue of our time.How can we protect our planet and make it a safe place not only for us to live, but for our children and their offspring? How can we make these changes in the face of lost time?
The Lord then gave a speech that was both reflective and futuristic স্ম remembering how he gained fame and what he was doing with the “golden microphone” was a gift to make the world better.
The Lord has no one to talk to, and he did just that when, for his latest album, “Solar Power,” he opposed the release of a CD, promising to slow the pace of climate change. In fact, the project is a sonic love letter to the natural world. As she puts it in her Power of Women cover store: “The purity of being outside was really magical to me,” Lord says. “It seemed like all the answers were there, like I could be healed by the natural world.”
Read the Lord’s speech in full below:
I’m sure many of you in this room have come to your power in a way that seemed cruel – the right place, the right time; A cocktail of privilege, skill and luck. You didn’t go looking for it, rather, it was something that happened to you. Maybe you’re familiar with my story – I was one of a million kids posting stuff online from their childhood bedrooms, trying to impress their friends, when one day something went crazy – I was given a gold megaphone. This megaphone has increased my voice tenfold so that it is not only heard by people I know. Suddenly journalists in big publications heard my voice, still coming from my bedroom to the bottom of the earth. The artists I searched for year after year could hear me. Millions of children around the world, my megaphone has worked on them. Enough people have decided: what you say is interesting, and we want to hear from you. I was empowered at the age of sixteen. Eight years later, I’ve found enough social media followers for the population in a small country. I was given a gold megaphone, and it was here to stay.
Last month, I released a 5-song companion portion on my album Solar Power, sung in Aotearoa New Zealand indigenous language te reo Māori. It was a very meaningful initiative for me and my colleagues – it felt right to use my voice to support those who work to preserve my beautiful indigenous language. This choice to sing in Rio Mওori was the subject of heated debate – was this rich, famous white woman helpful, or tokenistic? Is he advocating for his own social gain, or is he running for office? Isn’t it right to speak in a language that is not yours, without feeling the pain and struggle that has historically been said? Does this mean that when someone ever listens, does not have to fight to acknowledge their power, to stand by those who have, those who have?
I welcome this speech. Power like me should be questioned. In the last few years, we have all seen that no system of power is too big to fail, no one in charge is too established to overthrow. In these conversations as a society, we move forward on what makes us feel alive or dead, supported or oppressed. And maybe it seems spicy when you are the person whose power is being discussed in this way. But it’s not about you.
When we talk about power, about the extension of the single voice, we must acknowledge those who do not have such an extension. Tonight, I’m thinking of women whose place of birth or skin color or socioeconomic status always makes them less likely to transfer a megaphone. Or the women who will change the climate will affect me long before they do. People like me are elected – by ballot, board vote, or Instagram likes. Your ability to understand and contextualize what you are able to do is directly related to this fact that is directly related to the lack of others.
Our voices are important in that we must look at power in this way in order to think and represent the people who make decisions every day.
I didn’t want a gold megaphone, not so much in words. But it’s in my hands now, and the challenge of managing it with care and context is what I’m pumping the most these days. That’s why I was persuaded to highlight an organization like 350 Aotearoa; I’m not just saying I support their campaign for fossil-free schools, because one of their stated goals is to prioritize a partnership with Mওori in their climate-related decision-making.
Be gracious with your strength. Don’t grab it too tightly, or run it unfairly. Be open to criticism and discussion of what you represent. It helps everyone move forward.
I will talk about the great Maggie Nelson here, “Power changes shape and travels. Leaving a calcified suffix of what energy is and where and how it moves can be an important part of stimulating its redistribution. Acknowledging and feeling what power we have – not to mention analyzing our own desires – invites us to investigate what we want to do.
I know what I want to do with the megaphone in my hand and I will do my best to take action accordingly. I’m inviting you, in fact I’m begging you – to hold me close to it.