Music can be a voice of protest,
rallying people to a common cause
Musicians can tell stories that matter,
with humour and compassion,
with beauty and power
Music provides solidarity, community
and solace for our souls in challenging times
From the biggest stages to the local singing group
at a political protest, music speaks to power
We know the story ...
how (some) humans
through burning fossil fuels for energy
massive land clearances and
unsustainable industrial agricultural practices,
have raised the temperature of the planet
changing the climate ... and the future
Yet, what many of us have yet to understand is the scale and speed
of these changes
The world we built, know and understand
will increasingly no longer work on this changing planet
The planetary crisis is not an environmental 'issue'
it is a change of Era
There is no going back to the safety of the past
... and this really does change everything
The risks produced by a destabilised climate system
are reshaping every part of our future
An orderly transition is no longer possible
Now we must figure out how to live in the long emergency
Music for a Warming World
is a musical and visual journey about
living with this new, dangerous and messy future
It is a conversation infused with the
power and emotion
insights and joy
of music and art
The story has four parts ...
Part 1 Acknowledgement
'We've taken a billion years of planetary savings bonds and blown it on assorted bling'
(Richard Powers, The Overstory).
Successfully navigating the future starts with acknowledging that everything has now changed.
Part 2 Letting Go
Much of what we love and cherish will be lost in the coming years:
The Great Barrier Reef, stunning glaciers, much of our forests ...
Hundreds of thousands of other species, and countless millions of other-than-human animals who are dying and will continue to die ...
The loved places, traditions, history and homes of many many humans ...
And the many people who will die from the 'un-natural' disasters that will keep coming
We are called to bear witness
We must learn to grieve
Part 3 Courage and Compassion
We now need to face this future with determination
We not ready for the scale and speed of the planetary crisis
This future will challenge us
Yet, we still have a chance of a future worth living for
After grief, we need to build courage to create new and powerful stories (social narratives) to replace those that got us into this mess
We'd do well to listen much more closely to indigenous peoples whose have cared for country for millennia
And cultivate compassion and care to support and guide us because we can only get through this with strong diverse and inclusive communities
Part 4 Regeneration
When much of the living world has been lost or degraded, our future lies in regeneration, repair, and an ethic of care:
For our forests, grass lands and the non-humans who live there
Bringing the living world back to cities
Restoring our soils and our farming communities
Building new energy systems that rely on the sun, wind and storage.
We have a chance but little time left. Let's role up our sleeves with courage and compassion to imagine a new future worth living for.