Music & Environment: A Community-by-Community Initiative

Written by Lalaine Ignao • Photography by Gary Wolstenholme / Contributor, Getty • December 26, 2016

“Music is one of the most powerful media to communicate environmental messages to billions of people worldwide, irrespective of race, religion, income, gender or age.” This is the guiding statement of the Music & Environment Initiative led by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and others. Together, they are trying to tap into the power of music to change the world.

The Music & Environment Initiative works to build a community of musical individuals and entities who want to help solve environmental challenges. Problems such as climate change, species extinction and the lack of enough fresh water lead musicians, record companies, festivals organizers and concert promoters (to name a few) to engage in a variety of activities aimed at making the world a more hospitable and sustainable place.

Festivals like the Boom Festival in Portugal are working to lower their environmental impact by initiating projects such as water recycling, vegetable oil bio-fuel and an efficient management of waste. The Hard Rain Project in England holds an annual exhibition to illustrate the negative impacts humans have had on the planet, in order to inspire people to make a change. Studio Incaible in Mexico currently works on a project aimed at finding ways to produce “green music.”

Participants in the Music & Environment initiative each develop their own creative ways to make an impact for a greener world—either by using the power of music to promote environmental awareness, or to find practical ways to make the music industry more environmentally responsible.

To find out what you can do to make a positive change, check out the initiative’s official website.

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