Robert Redford Fights Global Warming With Poetry

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Robert Redford

Robert Redford testifies at a House Appropriations Committee Hearing on April 1 in Washington, D.C. Scott Gries/Getty Images hide caption

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Robert Redford has been fighting on behalf of the environment for more than 30 years. From producing documentary films about solar power to lobbying Congress, his work has been both in the field and inside the Beltway.

These days, he has a new venue for environmental activism: slam poetry. Sponsored by Redford's Sundance Preserve, in collaboration with Youth Speaks, a nonprofit that presents spoken-word performances, the Academy Award-winning actor is getting his message out in rhyme.

Redford spoke with Lauren Whitehead, associate director of Youth Speaks, and Simone Crew, slam poet and participant in "Brave New Voices: Youth Speaks! 11th International Youth Poetry Slam," on Talk of the Nation about his latest project and getting young people involved in the fight against global warming.

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