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The Green Life: Music With a Mission

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September 17, 2009

Music With a Mission

Musicians team up to sing for the environment Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is giving environmental activism a voice. . . 55 voices, in fact. The Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, headed by Annan, has recruited dozens of celebrities, including the bands Duran Duran and Scorpions, to record an anti-global warming tune, reports AFP.

The song, "Beds'r Burning," was originally released (with the title "Beds Are Burning") by Midnight Oil in the 1980s. The new musical effort is part of a media campaign to put pressure on government leaders in anticipation of the Copenhagen climate talks in December.

It's not the first time musicians have united to sing for a cause. In 1985, some 40 musicians recorded "We Are the World," to benefit African famine relief. That song still has enough cultural resonance to inspire the recent parody "Kidney Now!" on the television comedy 30 Rock. We'll have to wait till October 1, when "Beds'r Burning" will be available for download, to find out if this new multi-celebrity effort will rock the world.

If ageing 80s rockers aren't your thing, teen sensations Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez also teamed up to record "Send It On." The proceeds from the iTunes sales of the pop ditty will be donated to environmental organizations.

--Della Watson

Need new tunes? Visit Climate Crossroads for free green music downloads.

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