Your Ubuntoo Holiday Playlist – 50 Years Of Environmental Anthems
For many historians, April 1970 marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement in many parts of the world. Earth Day, the brainchild of US Senator Gaylord Nelson, has been a worldwide celebration of nature and conservation every year since.
But music historians could argue that April 1970 also marks the birth of the modern environmental music anthem. That same month, Joni Mitchell, an emerging Canadian singer-songwriter released a simple song about "paving paradise to put up a parking lot" (Big Yellow Taxi). In that same year, Neil Young sang about Mother Nature being on the run. And just one year later, Marvin Gaye’s silky voice warned of the impact of pollution on birds and fish in “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”. Ever since, countless artists have woven environmental themes into their songs – enchanted by the wonders of nature or appalled by its degradation.
Obviously, any list is incomplete and heavily influenced by cultural background. So, we welcome any suggestions of songs and artists to help build a truly inclusive global playlist together. After all, that is what the word “ubuntu” stands for.
Thank you again for being with us on this journey. We really appreciate you being part of a fantastic and rapidly growing community of changemakers.
Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful 2021!