DNX MUSIC | A climate crisis, a call for unity, a song

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Hannah A. Papasin
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.

Is the earth dying?  Could resources on the planet sustain future generations?  Are ice caps really melting at an alarming rate, and are carbon emissions and greenhouse gases really trapping heat within the planet’s surface, making temperatures rise?  Or are the climate change deniers right, that global warming is a hoax, and part of the Leftist agenda?

The debate on the need to save Mother Earth for posterity has been raging for decades, with reactions ranging from apathy to militant action.  Advocates and activists have been working double time to mitigate what they believe are irreversible effects of global warming including floods (melting of ice caps making sea levels rise, with waters making its way to cities), depletion of natural resources, or land rendered infertile by the heat. 

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Thus, the trek to the streets by activists bearing placards, the partnerships between concerned organizations to create sanctuaries, the efforts of civic groups in organizing efforts like tree-planting, the call to raise awareness against plastics, and plastic straws.

The calls to save earth reached fever-pitch when large tracts of land in the Amazon Rainforests, and in New South Wales burned, rendering thousands of animals homeless, and hundreds of thousands more dying.

Things came to a head when then 16-year-old Greta Thunberg gave a blistering rebuke to world leaders in 2019 in her now-famous “How dare you?” speech.  

“You are failing us,” she said, adding. “But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.”

BUILDING BRIDGES, SAVING EARTH

Anders Paulsson is a Swedish musician and saxophonist who has been touring the world and sharing his music.  He has also grown to love the Philippines, and has in fact gone back to Danjugan in Cauayan, exploring the island and forging partnerships with locals for the conservation and preservation of the environment.

And, like the rest of the concerned population – the apathetic ones not included, natch – he was struck by Thunberg’s speech.

“She says that we really have to have a long-term perspective when it comes to the environment,” he tells DNX in an interview, “and like the aboriginal cultures in other nations they have this belief that our actions will have an impact on our great great grandchildren.”

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Thus the song The Eyes of All Future Generations are on Us, the title lifted almost verbatim from Thunberg’s UN speech.

The lyrics go:

“The eyes of the future generation are on us

The wise and the children of all nations will lead us

The rise of the people to power who cries for the earth to recover to its virgin beauty

Because it is our duty.”

The lyrics are plain as day: the young people will take us all accountable if we do not take care of earth the way we are supposed to, if we remain complacent despite studies showing that the earth is slowly turning into an inhospitable space – and fast.

BRIDGING CULTURES THROUGH SONG

Anders is an accomplished musician, playing his music and sharing it across international borders.

It is then but fitting that he also uses his music to deliver a message across cultures.

“I have been playing saxophone, I like it when [it does] bridge-building across cultures, nations, people,” he says, adding that music can express feelings that words alone cannot say.

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He describes the song as somewhat the ecological equivalent of We are the World.  It is message song, both singable and relevant. 

Anders managed to tap one-half of the quartet Mojo Nova – Joanne Bernal and Tim Dela Rama – she lending the singing pipes; he, rapping.

The video, shot in Danjugan, inserted snippets of the island, with Anders lending sax accompaniment, and ends with children – locals – singing the song’s refrain in chorus.

BEAUTIFUL.

A BUTTERFLY FLAPPING ITS WINGS

A butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can produce a tornado in Florida.

The controversial Chaos Theory, otherwise known as the Butterfly Effect, talks of how the smallest change can result in large differences down the scale.

Dave Albao, Executive Director at Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation, Inc. which is responsible for the conservation project in Danjugan Island, tells DNX Lifestyle of the need to conserve and preserve the environment, and indeed, Mother Nature.

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He cites the Chaos Theory, adding, “We are all interconnected.  Whatever we do affects future generations.  The song is about taking ownership of our future.”

Or suffer the consequences.

Dave cites flash floods that recently happened within certain parts of the province, which he says is caused by years and years of wrong practices and human neglect.

The floods had driven hundreds out of their homes, and caused hundreds of thousands in damages.

And it is not about to stop.  Not soon.

Thus the need to raise awareness. The need to tell people to be accountable, to sound the environmental alarm so that people will heed the call.

For posterity.  For future generations.

“Human and nature are one,” Anders says, “The idea is to awaken that spirit of love for Mother Earth.”

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