NOT SO SILENT SPRING
Here are a few songs from one of my favorite musical environmentalists – who’s not just singing about it – he’s living it.
--and little children will lead us...
ECOMUSICOLOGY: MUSIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT
“Throughout his research, Pedelty says he has ‘come to realize just how important the arts and popular culture are in informing our conceptions of environmental issues. I have also learned how important listening is to solving environmental problems, taking in what scientists, artists, and everyone else has to say and teach on these matters.’ He highlights how imperative music has been in social movements, such as the Civil Rights Movement, as a way to convey a sense of community and collective resolve. Pedelty hopes that the information and ideas that he examines from scientists, artists, and other professionals will help young musicians think about new ways that they can engage with environmental issues.”
THE TRUTH WILL ALWAYS BE INCONVENIENT
This article includes the following three songs:
Love Song to the Earth (4:20)
Earth Song – Michael Jackson (6:44)
IDLE NO MORE - AN INDIGENOUS-LED SOCIAL MOVEMENT
It's time to learn from our indigenous sisters and brothers how to live in harmony with the Earth that sustains us...
“Idle No More started in November 2012, among Treaty People in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta protesting the Canadian government’s dismantling of environmental protection laws, endangering First Nations who live on the land. Born out of face-to-face organizing and popular education, but fluent in social media and new technologies, Idle No More has connected the most remote reserves to each other, to urbanized Indigenous people, and to the non-Indigenous population.
Led by women, and with a call for refounded nation-to-nation relations based on mutual respect, Idle No More rapidly grew into an inclusive, continent-wide network of urban and rural Indigenous working hand in hand with non-Indigenous allies to build a movement for Indigenous rights and the protection of land, water, and sky.”