Music speaks to audiences in a unique way. Some people who have little interest in climate fiction or creative climate nonfiction may find themselves drawn in by a particularly catchy or compelling song about the climate crisis.
I haven’t heard that many published songs yet that focus primarily or entirely on the climate crisis and climate justice. I have heard some, though, and I’m confident that there are many more out there. I’m currently in the process of collecting all of the ones that I’ve already heard and finding more to enjoy and share. If you have any tips, let me know.
Young People Marching
Raffi Cavoukian, award-winning children’s singer/songwriter, has also written songs about the climate crisis.
For years, like so many people, I knew Raffi as the man behind the “Baby Beluga” song, which I often sang to my daughter with the words “Baby Bedelia.” I was excited to discover that he’s also an ecological advocate with a collection of several recent songs about the climate crisis and a Raffi Foundation for Child Honoring that takes a children-first approach to healing communities and restoring ecosystems. He has also released a retrospective video compilation of “Earth Songs” featuring fourteen ecologically-themed songs from throughout his career,
Young People Marching is Raffi’s song about Greta Thunberg and other youth climate strikers. Cool It is a call for climate action. Do We Love Enough speaks to the connection between our love for children and the green actions we can take for the sake of children and future generations.