Music about climate change related issues

Suggestions for community radio broadcast, events, etc

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“Art does not change the world. But it does change the people who change the world.”
~ François Matarasso




Three hits for airplay

► Katie Costello: ‘New World’
Mainly focused on climate change, this is a hopeful, poignant anthem with the intention of keeping environmental and social injustices in the forefront of conciousness.
» Published on youtube.com on 5 December 2014. WebsiteFacebook
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► Solar Edge: ‘Scream and Shout’
Good renewable vibes from the solar company SolarEdge with their 2013 Happy Holidays clip.
» Published on vimeo.com on 16 December 2013

► Gaiaisi: ‘Change the Earth’
» Facebook page for the project: facebook.com/waterforthefire
» Gaiaisi’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Gaiaisi
» Published on youtube.com on 8 October 2013


► Tem Blessed: ‘Divest!’
Soundtrack for the People’s Climate March. This song and video is about divesting from big oil and the fossil fuel industry. This video documents the struggle to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and Tar Sands from polluting the world.
» Published on youtube.com on 18 December 2012

► Leo Sayer and The Aussies Against Fracking Allstars: ‘No Fracking Way’
In best of ‘We-Are-The-World’-manner, this song was recorded by a long range of famous Australian singers and performers.
» Published on youtube.com on 16 December 2013.

► Seize the Day: ‘Frakka Hakka’
Filmed in Balcombe at the controversial Cuadrilla fracking site in West Sussex, Seize the Day’s ‘Frakka Hakka’ song is performed by the band and protestors at the Balcombe Community Defenders Camp.
» Published on youtube.com on 12 January 2014.

► 60 well-known Flemish artists: ‘Sing for the Climate, Belgium’
‘Sing for the Climate’ had more than 80,0000 participants in 180 locations. 725 schools repeated the song event with 300,000 students on a national sing@school day. www.singfortheclimate.com
» Published on youtube.com on 29 November 2012.
» Another version of the same song – with better sound quality, but less interesting video.

► The New Yorker: Climate-Change Christmas Carols
A singing rendition

► Rap News 22: ‘The Energy Crisis – feat. Copernicus’
» Published on youtube.com on 27 February 2014.

► Rhythms, Rhyme, Results (feat. Tommy Boots & Jené): ‘Take AIM at Climate Change’
» Published on youtube.com on 25 January 2009.

► National Environmental Education Committee: ‘Voices for Climate Change’
» Published on youtube.com on 17 August 2009.

► David Holmes, Andrew Bean and Niel Bekker: ‘The Fracking Song’
» Published on youtube.com on 12 May 2011.

► Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono: ‘Don’t Frack My Mother’
Published in 2012, uploaded on youtube.com on 11 March 2013.

► Sandel: ‘The Shadows’
21 year old singer songwriter (now 25 years). ‘The Shadows’ is her response to the greatest environmental threat of our age.
» Published on youtube.com on 21 September 2009.

► Formidable Vegetable Sound System: ‘End of Oil’
Formidable Vegetable Sound System is a three-piece band from Fremantle, which puts gently funny lyrics about living a permaculture lifestyle. Mgee who writes the music and lyrics and plays ukelele says: “This is a way to make sustainability fun.”
» Published on youtube.com on 12 June 2012.

► Two Thirds Goat: ‘Stream of Conscience’
www.twothirdsgoat.com
» Published on youtube.com on 22 November 2011.

► Dr. Seus’ The Lorax: ‘How Bad Can I Be’
» Published on youtube.com on 19 July 2013.

► Michael Jackson: ‘Man in the Mirror’
From 1987 – 22 million views on youtube.
» Published on youtube.com on 2 October 2009.

► Patti Smith, Sheryl Crow, Michael Stipe: ‘People Have the Power’
» Live version published on youtube.com on 9 February 2012
» Original studio recording with better sound

► Pete Seeger: ‘This Land is Your Land’
Pete Seeger performs ‘This Land is Your Land’ with Farm Aid board artists John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews and Neil Young live at the Farm Aid concert in Saratoga Springs, NY on September 21, 2013.
At 02:30 he sings a new verse he has written to call for a frack free New York. » Published on youtube.com on 21 September 2013

► Pete Seeger: ‘If It Can’t Be Reduced’
“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” Mark Gagliardi quote which Pete Seeger turned into the song ‘If It Can’t Be Reduced’. Pete Seeger explains about it himself here
» Published on youtube.com on 3 May 2013.

► Katie Herzig: ‘Make a Noise’
www.tarsandsaction.org
» Published on youtube.com on 25 September 2011.

► Melissa Etheridge: ‘I Need to Wake Up’
» Published on youtube.com on 7 July 2009.

► Noori and Aaroh sing for Climate Change – UNDP Song
In our continued efforts to bring Pakistans environmental issues to the fore, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Science and Technology has produced these Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on water conservation and climate change.
» Published on youtube.com on 16 March 2010.

► Hadiqa Kiyani: ‘Climate Change’ (UNDP Song)
UNDP and Government of Pakistan brings a song for Climate Change – by Rang Saja Do, Piyas Bujha Do featuring Hadiqa Kiyani
» Published on youtube.com on 13 March 2010



Help expand this list


If you know of a good climate change related song on youtube.com or vimeo.com, it would be great if you’d send us the link.


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Article about music and climate


Concerned musicians communicate climate problems
It is still below the radar of popular music in the mainstream media, but musicians are beginning to act, react and take action on climate change issues. Concerning the oil and gas industry’s method of ‘fracking’, for instance, already over 500 songs – mostly protest songs – have been composed and published as music videos. By Mik Aidt, 20 November 2013



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