Imagine the power of millions of people gathered in cities and regions around the world singing a visionary song about the earth and all that lives existing in a new harmony together. And imagine this happening as a prelude to the climate change global summit in Paris in December 2015.
Music is an under-utilised resource in human communities today. Talk to whales, dolphins, elephants and birds, they know all about music as a tool to negotiate their common life, but then they are not saddled with words. Ian McGilchrist, in The Master and his Emissary speaks of music as rooted in the pre-verbal world and in mimicry. We hear someone singing something and we pick it up, we try, we join in and the great harmony develops. Music is not about notes on a page, but sounds of life, that communicate emotionally as well as intellectually. It is part of that vast implicit realm of life beyond words
Human communities have often been gathered together by music, as a particular song, or tune, becomes identified with values and emotions that people aspire to. It seems to me that we need this now in relationship to climate change and the whole raft of issues concerning our relationship with the earth.
Placard waving and dressing up can only do so much in trying to press a point home to those in authority. The world of demo chants is tired and terribly limited. We need to sing!
Who will compose a song for us that will truly catch the public imagination and inspire us for this moment? It could be that 2015 will go down in human history as the last chance that we had to avert catastrophic climate change.
So we are looking for a song, that can be sung in many languages. It will be a community song, not one that has to be performed by ‘stars’, but one that will be sung by everyone to express their shared feelings and values concerning the earth.
What do you think?