No music on a dead planet: 70 Australian artists rally against climate change

It’s no new information that climate change presents a serious threat to the globe. With world-leading scientists warning that there’s only 12 years to act to keep global warming at a maximum level of 1.5C, it’s no doubt that urgent action must be taken.

So where does the music industry fit into all of this? Musicians, record labels, management companies and booking agents all recognise the threat that climate change poses, and have collectively agreed to call on politicians to start a climate change action movement.

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The Music Scene Climate Change Declaration is a statement made by Green Music Australia, Australian musicians and music industry revellers in a bid to stop Australian coal projects.

So far there are over 70 Australian artists involved, including The Avalanches, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins, John Butler, Meg Mac and Cub Sport. See a complete list of the artists on board here.

At the height of this campaign is the Adani coal mine which has caused no small amount of public debate. Green Music Australia argue that Adani’s mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin would become the largest export coal mine in Australia and that it could potentially release around 705 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Climate change is affecting Australians all over the country and with the declaration to be delivered to shadow minister Tony Burke this week, we will just have to wait and see if the campaign has enough influence for the federal Government to commit to more renewable energy sources.