This is a love song to the earth,
You’re no ordinary world,
A diamond in the universe,
Heaven’s poetry to us,
Keep it safe, keep it safe, keep it safe,
‘Cause it’s our world.
See Mama earth is in a crazy mess,
It’s time for us to do our best,
From deep sea straight up to Everest,
She under crazy stress unless you wanna be motherless,
Clean heart, green heart, is the way I stress,
Speediness and too much greediness,
6 Billion people all want plentiness,
Some people think this is harmless,
But if we continue there’ll only be emptiness.
My quotes for today are from ‘Love Song to the Earth’, a charity single released on September 4, 2015. The first section is the song’s refrain and the second is one of the verses. The song was written by a group of writers at the request of the United Nations Foundation. There are a variety of authorship attributions, but these names have been cited most often: Tony Gad, John Shanks, Natasha Bedingfeld, and Sean Paul.
‘Love Song to the Earth’ is an anthem intended to increase public awareness and support for climate action as we approach the UN climate talks in Paris (November 30 to December 11). The idea is that general public support for climate action will motivate world leaders at the climate talks to reach a bold consensus.
Before reading more, I invite you to listen and view this beautiful lyric video starring 16 well-known pop performers, including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow:
The first time I listened to the song I thought it was sort of ‘soft’. It is gentle, but I have come to like it. I quoted the rap verse, because I feel that musically, it has the most ‘punch’–as do the words. The gentleness of the song was intentional. People tune out to climate change fear messages. The writers felt that appealing to feelings of love and a desire to care for our planet would be more empowering than trying to motivate with fear. I tend to agree. What are your thoughts on this?
This is more than a song, it’s a political strategy. The song has a website: lovesongtotheearth.org and a twitter handle: #sharethelovesong. On the website you are invited to sign a message, to world leaders attending the climate summit, saying:
“Please take a strong stand to keep Earth safe at the global climate negotiations.”
The message, with signatures, will be presented at the opening of the climate talks. On top of all this, any royalties from purchasing, streaming, or sharing the song will go to the United Nations Foundation in its work to promote international climate change efforts, and to Friends of the Earth U.S., for its climate change work.
This post is being linked to Writer’s Quote Wednesday October 7 hosted by Colleen Chesebro, author of Silver Threading. Please follow the above link to read her launch post. As well, there are links to other Writer’s Quote Wednesday posts in the Comments section.
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