AN ANTHEM FOR OUR CLIMATE EMERGENCY
The idea: The science is clear - we are experiencing a global climate pandemic. Through our centuries of carbon emissions into the air, we are changing the oceans in ways we never imagined. Through them, our weather patterns are being altered in ways that are dangerous to our continued existence on Mother Earth.
The problem: A lot of us are bloody scared or just too old to care.
The solution: A climate emergency anthem to inspire courage, solidarity, and creative engagement.
Here are the parts we have imagined so far: 1) Brass Ensemble - Chopin's Funeral March (15.5 seconds)
2) Nature Sounds (5 seconds)
3) Children's Choir - Variation of Bach's "Air on a G String" (~45 seconds)
4) Hip Hop music inspired by Greta Thunberg's UN talk
by various artists in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese,
Mardarin, English (~60 seconds)
5) Children's Choir - Variation of USA for Africa's "We Are
the World (~35 seconds)
6) Hip Hop Artists - "Now is the Time" in Arabic, Brazilian
Portuguese, Mardarin, English (~45 seconds)
7) Children's Choir, Hip Hop Arts, Brass Ensemble, Nature
Sounds - Finale (~65 seconds)
Total: ~4 minutes, 30.5 seconds
Notes: a) The contrast between the funeral march (#1) and the children's choir (#3) is meant to highlight the perverse nature of the climate emergency, with children left to pay the price of adults' greed and lack of foresight.
b) Reports from the recent Climate Conference in Madrid tell us that together with the USA - the
governments of Australia, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia were the big foot-draggers, unwilling to step
up funding to help poorer countries cope with the droughts and hurricanes and floods they are
experiencing. For that reason, we want to sing in the languages of Brazil and Saudi Arabia. China,
with its 1.2 billion people is a potential game-changer, so we will include Mandarin. We are seeking
hiphop artists who can perform in each of these languages. A transcript of Greta Thunberg's UN
talk is here: https://www.npr.org/2019/09/23/763452863/transcript-greta-thunbergs-speech-at-the-
c) "Now is the Time" has previously been translated into Mandarin and Portuguese.
Our Growing Climate Anthem Team - March 31, 2020:
1) Karina Skye is a versatile Brazilian-American composer/vocalist/musician. She has agreed to
perform our Brazilian Portuguese and English Hip Hop parts with us. karinaskye.com Florida
January 15, 2020
2) Shaima Younis has contributed a beautiful Arabic translation of my poem "The Time." Egypt
January 17, 2020
3) Internationally acclaimed children's choir director Zimfira Poloz has expressed her interest in our
project and agreed to help us find a children's choir. Kazakhstan/Toronto January 18, 2020
4) A group of young musicians has anonymously contribute the first section of our anthem, a brass
rendering of Chopin's Funeral March. Toronto February 27, 2020
5) Talented and accomplished music producer Thomas Barquee has agreed to serve in the following
capacities: arranging and composing the music as needed, finding and helping select the hip hop
artists we need, editing-and-mixing the various parts, and delivering the final master. Los Angeles
March 10, 2020
6) The Toronto Beaches Children's and Youth Chorus, directed by Bronwin Low-Scott, has joined
their amazing vocal forces with us. tbcyc.com Toronto March 11, 2020
7) Professional translator Aml Mohamed Rady has to agreed with the translation of Greta
Thunberg's talk into Arabic for the Hip Hop segment of our anthem. Egypt March 14, 2020
8) Videographer Zen R. Wang has agreed to help with shooting the video. zenwang.net Guelph
March 18, 2020
What we still need: 1) Arabic and Mandarin-speaking hip hop artists
2) more videographer(s) and photographer(s)
3) to take this to another level, we could use people with IT talent to publish the anthem
as an open source wiki with interchangeable parts - allowing for partners around the globe to make unique, localized (i.e. Slovenian, Mongolian, Algonkian...) versions.
4) funding to support our contributors
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