While I am generally skeptical of how effective discussion of charismatic mega-fauna like polar bears is when it comes to engaging the public on issues of climate change…..my friend Tom Rugg recently wrote and performed the excellent Bjorn’s Song to support the work of Polar Bears International. I really like two thing about this song. First, is the way in which it illustrates the role that music can play in engaging the public on issues of climate change. Second, is the way in which this song deploys a healthy (if subtle) sense of humour about climate change. Making people smile, not frown, when they think about climate change, is an important step in enabling global warming to more comfortably occupy our consciousness (and stimulate positive action).
Nietzsche is famous for declaring that life without music is an error. Having heard Bjorn’s Song, I can’t help but feel that trying to tackle climate change without melody may be an error too.