The Climate Music Project

The Climate Music Project  seeks to make climate change personal. Combining the talents and expertise of world class scientists, composers, musicians, artists, and technology visionaries, we enable the creation and staging of science-guided music and visual experiences to inspire people to engage actively on the issue of climate change. 

 

Rise: From One Island To Another

Two indigenous poets- one from the Marshall Islands and another from Greenland. Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna use their poetry to share a moment of solidarity. Read  the Poem. 

Richard Williams, aka Prince Ea 

Prince Ea is a rapper and spoken word artist who has a deep concern for climate change.  In his short videos, Prince Ea warns of the devastation of climate change and an urgent call to action. Get your students talking and writing their own spoken word, they will definitely connect to Prince Ea’s words.  Ideal for middle school/high school students.

Elegy for the Arctic, Ludovico Einaudi 

“I wanted to express the idea of eternity and fragility that I had felt in that place. The glacier is so immensely powerful, yet on the brink of eradication. This fragility of life is something which we can often forget; this is my musical reflection on the Arctic.”  Ludovico Einaudi

 Song for a Warming Planet, Daniel Crawford

In Crawford’s composition, each note represents a year, ordered from 1880 to 2012. The pitch reflects the average temperature of the planet relative to the 1951–80 base line. Low notes represent relatively cool years, while high notes signify relatively warm ones.

“Music is an important tool because it acts to bridge the divide between logic and emotion,” he says. “It is simple enough to look at numbers rise or to watch the slope of a graph increase and walk away saying ‘OK, the Earth is getting warmer.’ Through music, we can convey the data in a different way, which draws on the science of the numbers and also the emotional power of hearing sound.”

Climate, Erik Ian Walker

The following clip is from Climate by Erik Ian Walker  that The Climate Music Project  is currently performing.  The full 30-minute piece spans 500 years (1800-2300AD) of the climate’s past and present, as well as two possible future scenarios. The data sets are from simulations from the Community Earth System Model, an open model that has been used extensively in national and international assessments of climate change.