Friday, July 19, 2013

What can we do about global warming?

Happy Friday fellow environmentalists!

It is fitting that as we endeavor to endure the anticipated triple digit heat wave that has engulfed many areas of the US, I am blogging about a fun song about...you guessed it, climate change!

A couple of months ago Oliver Swingler, a talented writer and musician, sent me the most interesting facebook message I may have ever received. The lyrics to a song addressing the question what can we do about global warming?

Sung to the tune of "what can we do with the drunken sailor," the catchy lyrics offer an innovative way to share ideas on environmentally friendly activities to a general audience. Try singing the lyrics below with the music playing in the background.

And if you are in for a real treat, you can watch & listen to the song being sung by Oliver and the Making Waves choir 

Chorus: 
What can we do about global warming?
What can we do about global warming?
What can we do about global warming?
Shrink our carbon footprint! 


1. Walk, cycle, bus and train
Car share, avoid the plane
Holiday at home, learn to love the rain
Shrink our carbon footprint!

2. Insulate homes and get them lined
Stop oil, gas and coal being mined
Use tidal, solar, wind and find we’ll
Shrink our carbon footprint!

Chorus

3. Organic, local, seasonal eating
Recycle, mend, turn down the heating
Share, cooperate, stop competing
Shrink our carbon footprint!

Watch out! The seas are rising
Cry out! The seas are rising
Bale out! The seas are rising
Save our lovely planet!

4. Don’t believe the greenwash, keep on prying
Tax millionaires, stop envy buying
Climate change deniers, they’re all lying
Shrink our carbon footprint!

Chorus: 
We can do a lot about global warming
We can do a lot about global warming
We can do a lot about global warming
Save our lovely planet!


Lyrics by Oliver Swingler and Making Waves choir, Cullercoats, UK – Version 3 March 2013


I personally loved the Captain Planet theme song when I was growing up. Along with watching FernGully often enough to quote the movie, yearly camping trips in upstate NY, and weekly- if not daily- adventures in & around Forest Park, the Captain Planet song likely served as a subconscious foundation for my flourishing environmental ethic. 

As any child of the 90s can attest, pretending to be a planeteer was part of a rotation of fun role-play activities- right up there with batman & robin, cops & robbers, cowboys & indians, ninjas, pirates, mortal combat, aliens, you name it! 

The Captain Planet theme resonated so strongly with so many that there is now a Planeteer Movement you can join & interact with other Planeteers across various social media sites. 

Do you have a song or childhood memory that inspires you to protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments section below! 


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