Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. In 2019, the United Nations even declared a world-wide emergency in response to rising global temperatures, with this trend set to increase over the coming years. One key indicator of climate change has been the melting of glaciers across the globe.
Often seen as an abstract and remote concept, melting glaciers can be hard to emotionally connect with for individuals. As such, it is important to find ways to turn this issue into something more visible and inspiring for the general public.
Recently, a number of initiatives have been taken to bring awareness to melting glaciers through social action and music. For example, Canadian rapper Smokes and Norwegian vocalist Kari Bremnes teamed up to create a song called ‘Big Ice’, which tells the story of the melting glaciers of Svalbard as witnessed by a former Norwegian sailor.
The video for this song went live at the recent UN Climate Summit in Madrid, and was seen by thousands of people across the world. Furthermore, another global festival called the Artic Arts and Culture Festival took place on archipelago Svalbard. Created in collaboration between Kari Bremnes, Smokes and local Svalbardians, this festival aimed to use art to spotlight experiences of glacial melting and sea-level rise.
The combination of music and art can be a powerful tool for engaging with people on difficult topics like climate change, and these initiatives demonstrate how creative solutions can spark conversation around difficult subjects. As more individuals come together to take action towards protecting our planet, initiatives such as these could go a long way towards inspiring communities to make positive changes for the environment.
As global temperatures continue to rise, it’s time for social action to protect melting glaciers around the world. The Arctic is one of the areas most affected by climate change, with satellites detecting a 13.2% decline in the average thickness of Arctic sea ice between 2004 and 2019 alone.
The effects of melting glaciers go beyond just animals, plants, and ecosystems: they also affect our drinking water, sea levels, and coastal land. It’s essential that we take action now to mitigate further damage and restore equilibrium in our climate as soon as possible.
Fortunately, there are many groups dedicated to improving the environment and preserving glaciers that we can join or support. For example, The World Glacier Monitoring Service offers research into glacier change, while National Geographic provides resources on how to become involved with glaciers restoration projects or get involved with educational activities.
Music is another powerful medium for creating awareness about global warming and its effect on melting glaciers. Songwriters and musicians have long been at the forefront of advocating for social issues, from civil rights and anti-war protests to hunger relief campaigns. The issue of global warming is no exception – popular artists such as Jack Johnson and Bon Jovi have written songs about climate change and glacier melting. With eco-friendly music festivals popping up around the world, there’s never been a better time for artists to speak up about creating a greener planet.