Monday, February 12, 2007

Bill McKibben weighs in on songs for EE

Introducing a brand-new, mass-protest climate movement for 2007 | Grist | Dispatches | 08 Jan 2007

A lot of songs have their own movements -- you know, like "Vogue" and "YMCA." But as writer Bill McKibben explains, every movement also needs its songs. The civil-rights movement had "We Shall Overcome," the labor movement had "Union Maids" and "Sixteen Tons," and climate activists have, well ... Musicians United to Save our Environment, an organization that's calling on artists to belt out tunes about global warming. Some have even answered the call. In his latest dispatch from the front lines of the Step It Up 2007 campaign, McKibben croons about the importance of music in activist movements, noting why climate activism is no exception.

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