Here you can find some of my favourite songs, fitted with new lyrics on climate change.
Global warming will affect the conditions of life for coming generations, as well as for all other living species. It's already happening, and the emissions of greenhouse gases increase year by year, making the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rise faster and faster.
What can you do ?
Hopefully you can be inspired by the songs. You are also welcome to make better recordings of these songs, improve the texts, add animations to the songs or contribute with new songs.
What can we do about climate change ?
We live in a global market economy. We can do simple and obvious things like trying to avoid car-driving and air flights, but as consumers we can only choose between the products that the market has decided to make. For every single product we buy there are normally thousands and thousands of decisions taken, all with the same common basis: The climate has no value; There is no cost for emitting CO2, it's free. These decisions involve just about everything: how the product is transported and packaged, how it is produced, where it is produced, what products and raw materials are used in the production, how are these materials produced and transported, etc. Trying to trace all of the decisions taken by the market for a complex product would lead into an endless incalculable network of decisions.
There is really only one way of taking control over the emissions, and that is to have a cost for emitting CO2. The good news is that it is a really powerful tool. It is stupid to complain about the market not considering the effects climate change, when it is both easy and our responsibility to provide the market with what it needs to solve this, a cost for CO2 emissions.
With a cost for emitting CO2 all the thousands and thousands of decisions taken by the market will work to reduce the emissions. It's simple and it's effective. Climate negotiations that do not lead to a cost for emitting CO2 have little meaning. A cost for emitting CO2 can be introduced either as a carbon tax or a carbon emission trading system. Read more about carbon pricing.
We Owe It To climatologist and geophysicist Professor Michael E. Mann, famous for his studies of the temperature history of the earth, especially a graph of the temperature the last 1000 years known as the "hockey stick" because of its shape. His latest book is "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines" ("one of the most useful books yet in explaining climate science", ""Mann's shocking first-hand testimony of the repeated attempts to discredit him and his work")
While Glaciers Weep To George Harrison and the Beatles.
Make my Dream Untrue To James Hansen, NASA's former lead climate scientist. “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from [current levels] to at most 350 ppm.” A recent study by Hansen and 16 co-authors, concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 3 meters in as little as 50 years.
Six Degrees This song is about global warming and about the love of this earth. It is for my wife who has given me a world of love.
Carbon Man To John Lennon and the Beatles
Climate Hero To Mark Lynas, who wrote the book Six degrees which also inspired the song with the same name. See the film Six Degrees.
Everybody Knows To my oldest daughter
For No One To Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Listen to his Love Song to the Earth
CO2 Society To my son.
Who Changed the Climate To Bob Dylan
Poor Old Planet To climate scientist and meteorologist professor Bert Bolin. His most important achievement is associated with the foundation of the UN climate panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He led the panel’s work during the first crucial years (1988–1997). His highly significant role as leader of the IPCC remains widely acknowledged.
Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall To my second daughter
Blowing in the Wind To my youngest daughter
We Can Work It Out To Andrin
The Climate is a-Changing To Al Gore. See his "An Inconvenient Truth".
All Fall Down To Alan Hull and Lindisfarne
It's Coming To Sir Nicholas Stern, the economist behind the report "Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change". Nicholas Stern: "Climate change is the greatest market failure the world has ever seen"
Castle of Doubt To Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, who recorded the first (?) really great climate song in 1991: "The Trees are all Gone". "The glaciers near the polar camp / Have all begun to melt / Temperatures are on the rise / ... / Water levels shifting tides / ... / What will finally happen when / The farm lands turn to dust"
The Great Concert Against Global Warming
I have a dream of a Concert Against Climate Change. In my dream great artists from the sixties/seventies would be standing up and singing for the preservation of our planet. Singers like Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Roger McGuinn (Byrds), David Crosby (Byrds), Donovan, Justin Hayward (Moody Blues), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones), Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Ringo Starr, Joan Baez, Al Stewart, Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine), Neil Innes (Rutles) and many more …. would sing great songs with great texts about global warming.
But my dream doesn’t stop with the icons of my youth, the concert would also include singers like Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Mike Scott (Waterboys) Jakob Dylan, Julian Lennon, Bonnie ”Prince” Billie, Conor Oberst, Steve Forbert, Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow and many, many more.
And this concert would be followed by hundreds of concerts all over the world and musicians, singers, songwriters would everywhere would demand a stop to what we are doing with the climate. Artists would call for real action - a global carbon pricing that would make emissions drop. And the leaders would finally listen.