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The Simon Kerr Perspective 

The Issue

The planetary climate balance is changing, and it is now beyond doubt that human activity is the primary reason for this.
 
According to the latest IPCC report (2014): "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia..." This means the planet is getting hotter and we are the main cause!


Click here for graphic that shows what is really warming our planet


It world agreed in Paris in late 2015 to limit the average annual global temperature increase (against pre-industrial levels) to well under 2 degrees Celsius (see the Paris Climate Agreement). Beyond this it is highly likely that we will not be able to prevent further temperature increase. November 2015, the world reached, for the first time, 1 degree C above the agreed base line. 2015 was the hottest on record .. until 2016 set a new record as the hottest global average surface temperature.

Many scientists already think we will hit 4 - 6 degrees increase. If that happens, our planet risks becoming unliveable for the types of societies we have created.

 

This means that the world, as we know it, will no longer exist. Massive heatwaves, highly charged storm systems, serious flooding, long term droughts and huge migrations of climate refugees will overwhelm our communities and our economic, political and food production systems.

These things will happen if the global temperature continues to increase, though exactly where and when these things will occur is uncertain and the subject of much scientific study.

 

But these risks are not just academic. They are currently changing our lives and will force upon us profound changes to the way we live our lives. As Naomi Klein argues, ‘This changes everything’.

 

And in the words of Lord Nicholas Stern, “We are the first generation that through its neglect could destroy the relationship between humans and the planet and perhaps the last generation that can prevent dangerous climate change”.

 

This is why we have created this concert. We must act, force our leaders to act, challenge those corporate leaders who are placing private profit over community wellbeing, disinvest from fossil fuels and reinvest urgently in green technology. But we must also have hope, find joy and reassurance in our solidarity. And that is one thing music can help with!

Why Music?

Music is an important means of communicating about things that matter to us all.


Good music moves us, changes our brain chemistry, touches our hearts as well as our heads, and moves our feet!

 

Music for a Warming World is an annotated multimedia concert that uses music, stories and images to explore some of the challenges of a warming climate and the concerns that many people experience.

 

The concert is grounded in the science, sociology and politics of climate change, but is not primarily focused on education in the science. Rather, it is designed to inspire new and positive ways to think and feel about the climate challenge.

 

The reason for this approach is simple: inspiring us to respond positively to the challenges of a changing climate requires more than just an objective presentation of facts.


It also requires its translation into emotion, for this is often where transformation takes place.


This is a role of music and the focus of this concert.

 

It takes us all on a musical journey that traces the nature of global warming, the challenges it is creating, the social causes of the slow response by leaders and many in human community and most importantly, reflects some positive ways to look at these issues and to stay hopeful about the future.

 

To achieve this, we use a combination of music, words, narrative and visual images.

 

The concert is not intended to convert anyone to anything, but to rather use music to create an experience.

 

We use a wide range of musical genres and images, some light-hearted and humorous, and others moving and penetrating.

 

The show features mostly original music that is rooted in the folk tradition of story telling, but uses a wide range of musical forms from neo-folk, acoustic, reggae, and world music, and the odd bit of story telling!