There are three sets of songs for expressing and sharing our emotions and fear – and hope – regarding climate change:
- Climate songs – either new lyrics to old songs, or new songs. Share with friends.
- Environment-in-general songs.
- And then, below, are Christmas Climate Carols!
Sing at the top of your lungs, with friends, and spread the news..
One of the best Climate Songs ever. Adorable Irish children rapping about the climate. https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/one-small-change-tiny-irish-school-s-climate-crisis-rap-going-viral-1.4166788.
Another one by a kid that has been going viral right now is by eight-year old Frankie Morland, UK, who wrote and sings his own song (with help by video experts) in his fight against climate change: World in Danger. He has had the support of David Attenborough in spreading this song to the top song list.
Prince Ea. The below is one of my favorite songs/poems. Incredibly powerful – and this was written in 2015, before the massive increase in Amazon burning and clearing.
Pearl Jam’s famous Retrograde, with the video telling a lot of the story as well, with a guest appearance by Greta Thunberg.
A song designed for inspiration:
Annie Lennox, via my friend and colleague Cat Russell of Climate Action Maps.
This one is about helping make the world a better place instead of being selfish and destructive. Passed on by a CS Facebook Member Lee!
Although not written for this, the Midnight Oil’s song: Beds are Burning is very, very suitable, as our FB group member Hannah pointed out.
Norah Jones – Sinkin’ Soon. I love, love this song. It’s one of those songs you just revel in – until you think about the topic.
Paul McCartney’s Despite Repeated Warnings is not my favorite, but I am glad he wrote it.
Portes – a long song that concentrates on her voice, and her worry about the environment.
A Sustainable Soundtrack(TM) feat (a Collaborator of Climate Steps!)
One of our FB members did this great country rock song with his band:
Here’s another FB Climate Steps’ member’s contribution to fighting climate change with music.
I like also how any of us can pull together climate songs now…
OH – and a climate scientist just contacted me and showed me his page where he has compiled a much wider list – and GUESS WHAT!? He also has links to climate karaoke songs there. Cool, cool beans.
Obviously, we need to work on this list here:
Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi (also known for “they paved paradise, put a parking lot.”
Neil Young – After the Goldrush.
This is beautiful, and very sad, as we are on track for this in the future unless we learn to stop. Already, microplastic is in the ocean waves and rain, and our drinking water.
Christmas Climate Caroling!
Climate Caroling is a thing! Whether just a family or a flash mob in a mall (pre-COVID) – it’s happening. Here are multiple resources for lyrics (some are a little darker than others):
And another Vancouver Christmas Climate Flash Mob, this time in 2019 https://globalnews.ca/video/5959541/vancouver-flash-mob-performs-ode-to-joy-for-climate-action.
(For more about Christmas Climate Steps, see https://climatesteps.org/2018/12/06/christmas-climate-steps-a-new-set-for-2018/)