They say we don’t inherit the earth, we borrow it from our children. As it stands in 2021, our children have a right to be angry and afraid: recent generations of humans have trashed the planet - choking its once mighty rivers and oceans with plastic, bleaching its precious coral reefs, melting its frozen ice-caps, and destroying its extraordinary diversity of land and sea-life. Green Music is one of the pathways back from certain ecocide. Through our words, melodies and beats we can collectively inspire the urgent turnaround we need to reverse climate change, species loss and habitat destruction. By providing the soundtrack for the rewilding of the earth, we’ll help save ourselves, our children, and all those who follow.
Being a travelling musician with a conscience, it’s so great to have GMA providing us (and our fans) with some specific resources with which we can try to tread more lightly on the planet.
Music is a universal language. We have always harnessed the voice of the song lines - that guided us across country, lyrics providing knowledge, joy and reflection - always reminding us of what we have and what we need to nurture. From the great classics to the next wave of creative song writers, in the 21st, Green Music is an organisation that proudly continues to make us think , reflect, and celebrate the global new song lines. We would be bereft without the music.
Green Music Australia do such great work in facilitating artists and community to get involved in the issues and campaigns that really matter throughout our great red land. I’m happy to be to working with such fine individuals dedicated to making real positive change.
The music industry is of great influence, defining culture and producing events globally which shape people’s experience of life and the world around them. For a long time those productions have been highly consumptive without any awareness of what that means for our ecosystems nor the privilege of land use, especially in places like Australia where all land is indigenous, but been stolen by colonisers. GMA provides a structure for those in the industry to become aware, and facilitates action that someone might want to take to green their practice. Maybe even influencing fans or consumers. It’s important.
Now, more than ever, protecting our home - our precious planet - and its inhabitants is vital for us all. I have been a proud GMA member since its inception and encourage all musicians to join our journey. As Uncle Kev said ‘From little things big things grow’ - all of us making small changes collectively is how we change our world.