The Solar Buskers: clear and right

Check out Alex’s and Matt’s new solar-rap! It’s a ‘busker song’ to raise money to get solar panels up on their school’s roof to have the sun finance new sustainability education programs at the school in the next 20 years.

If you’d like to chip in, with a dollar or five in their ‘digital busker hat’, then see:

The solar revolution has a theme song

“An old friend used to say that sustainability needs a theme son, there is something about music that brings people together.

So when we heard Alex Aidt (age 10) and his brother Matt (age 8) had adapted a catchy, kooky rap song about solar power into a busking routine to raise funds for their school’s solar project at South Geelong Primary, it grabbed our attention. The best bit? Well, check out their video…” (…)

“Creative. Proactive. Fearless. If the solar revolution needed a theme song, or even just a lead singer, we think it may have just arrived. Huge congratulations to Alex and Matt, their family and school. Let’s share this story far and wide, because good stories need to be told.”
~ The People’s Solar

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at the Act on Climate Festival’s market in Geelong on 21 November 2015


See it on youtube:

Or download the song to your hard drive:

» The video file (85mb):…/The Solar Buskers.mp4

» The audio file (6mb):…/The Solar Buskers.mp3



Cleaner, nicer and smarter

To school kids, stopping air pollution is a choice – and an easy one that is, because it is ‘clear and right’. With a battery revolution just around the corner, it shouldn’t be too long before it will become obvious to their parents – and everyone else – just as well.


The Solar Busker song is a fundraising initiative – but it also tells a story about something else, something more than it’s immediate fundraising purpose. It reminds us that there is a new generation of optimistic young people growing up right now who have a fresh view on things and who in a few decades will have enough flair and insight to make radical changes in relation to our collective carbon pollution – where we, their parents, until now most most of all have run into a wall of resistance to change – whether due to lack of insight, indifference or economic vested interests.

The new generation isn’t too concerned about whether our elected political leaders, who so foolishly keep our communities stuck in the previous century’s energy technology, is amoral, shortsighted or irresponsible, because they intuitively understand that things will change with lightning speed once the population’s general approach to air pollution and ‘dirty energy’ has changed.

It is a change that will take place in people’s minds as the cleaner, nicer and smarter alternatives begin to flourish and become more profitable. This is already happening. Just as we stopped buying CDs, paper land maps and rolls of film for the camera, we will soon stop buying gasoline, oil and gas – and the consequence of that will undermine the fossil-mafia in a more drastic way than even the largest climate demonstration in the streets could have done it.

I believe that we must pay attention to the UN climate summit in Paris by going to the streets in the weeks beforehand, as it is happening in cities all over the world. Not as protest marches, though, but as a celebration of this new, global community of people who have taken a position and is switching track at the personal level. As a way of empowering those politicians who are on the right side of history, working to open up our society for what is clear and right.

The change bubbles up from below all over the globe in recent months and years. History of the climate struggle is written by those who take a position, take a stand – and who then let this stand lead to concrete actions at an individual level.

Alex is ten, his brother Matt is eight, and their sister Eva, who is starring as hoolahop dancer in the video, is six years old.

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