Climate Change in Pop Music

Over the course of the semester, we have examined the roles of film and (most extensively) literature in response to anthropogenic climate change, one artistic medium which we have no discussed is popular music. So, here is a list of 10 songs which promote “climate justice.” The author calls these ecologically-focused songs, “protest songs” which I found to be an interesting label. It made me ponder which, if any, of the novels from our syllabus were actually protesting anything. Admittedly, most of these songs are rather obscure which leads me to question the success of “climate justice protest songs” as a genre. While I had only heard two songs on this list before today, I shall listen to some of the others in celebration of Earth Day! (I’m doing my part for the Big Green movement! Woo!!)

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