Peter Garrett, Australia's Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Contributes to Global Warming Fight with Remake
Posted Oct 14 2009 10:00pm
I admit it. I’m on a roll! I repeat the message of cultural change as a key tool in the fight against global warming and new tools appear. This latest one from TimeForClimateJustice.org has a personal back story.
When I attended the third International Solar Cities Congress in Australia last year, Peter Garrett, noted rock star and environmentalist, recently had ascended to Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts in the national government down under. Mr. Garrett’s rise to this important position coincided nicely with the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by the government under their new Prime Minister, Michael Rudd. So, when Peter Garrett came to Adelaide to address the Solar Cities Congress, the occasion was doubly joyous.
Mr. Garrett spoke just as effectively as I knew that he would, laying out the cause of renewable energy and the fight against global warming with aplomb. However, given that I live 10,000 miles from Adelaide, I left the conference fearing that his mighty words would have little effect in my corner of the world. As of October 1, 2009, other words of his are taking mighty effect.
I almost never write about music here on my blog because it seldom interconnects with my work against global warming. That’s a shame because I love music. Indeed, one of my favorite bands as a teenager was Midnight Oil from Australia. Who is the lead singer and driving force of Midnight Oil? The Honorable Peter Garrett!
Well, in anticipation of the climate negotiations slated to take place in Copenhagen this December, which we all hope will yield the successor to the Kyoto Protocol, Midnight Oil has enabled Duran Duran and many artists of note to remake their smash hit song, Beds Are Burning.
As a general rule, I dislike remakes because they seldom match the genius of the original performance. I gladly make an exception for the new Dry River Bed version of Beds Are Burning because it is fabulous. Better still, this updated version of a wonderful song is part of a larger cultural push to make people realize that global warming already is taking effect, changing lives and the climate as a whole in a great many places, including a suffocating drought in Australia. The name of the associated campaign is Time For Climate Justice.
I exhort you to visit the campaign website, watch the video for this fabulous remake, download it to your computer or MP3 player and spread the word. I was impressed by what I saw on TimeForClimateJustice.org and am very confident that you will, too. That address again is