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A few weeks back in class, while talking to my students about the lakes of Bangalore, I had played in class the music video – ‘Lakes of Fire’ by Nirvana.

The lyrics from this song – “Where do bad folks go when they die? … They don’t go to heaven where the angels fly … They go down to the lake of fire and fry … Won’t see ’em again till the fourth of July” – had tickled my fancy and captured the imagination of my students.

So, as we neared the end of the course, I asked my students, as an optional take-home assignment,  to identify other songs which have connections to the material discussed in class. They had to:

a) Identify the lyrics of the song which talks about environmental/sustainability issues;

d) Identify the environmental issue that the song is linked to; and,

e) Explain the lyrics and explain how they are connected to course material.

It was an optional assignment – we were nearing the end of the term and students were loaded with other assignments – but the response to the assignment was overwhelming. More than 50 percent of my students completed the assignment –  they worked independently of each other and  identified songs – all unique – and beautifully explained how the lyrics of the song discuss material covered in class!

So, I decided to compile all the songs and prepare a Music Playlist – an Environmentalists’ Playlist!

A wide variety of musical genres find representation … from pop to heavy metal! A wide range of issues were found to have been discussed in the songs – see table below.

I loved listening to the playlist …. hope you enjoy too!

Name of Student Name of Song Singer(s) The Issue Link to Song
Removed for confidentiality Rocky Mountain High John Denver Majesty of the Colorado Rocky mountains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB4VdlkzO4
We’re all in this Together David & Jenny Heitler-Klevans, and Kuf Knotz Working together to save the planet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsRxqIRMcE0
Saltwater Gospel  Eli Young Band Philosophical! Personal connect to the environment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_yOrDBSbBY
Greenhouse Effect Testament Air pollution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPX2YEQc3tE
1 Sun Miley Cyrus Limited environmental resources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlXFypYfoNA
The Landscape is changing Depeche Mode Landscape change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjKZl1uA0u4
New World Water  Mos Def Water crisis in Flint, MI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BEg38-bWY8
Don’t Go Near the Water The Beach Boys Pollution of water  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZES3_SSYA
Where We Going to Go David Todd Global climate change https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax6O1Xun7cI&feature=youtu.be
Mercy Mercy Me  Marvin Gaye  How we are changing the planet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Kr1YB2cs4
Outta Space Van Halen A Full Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aqVbFFghEE&feature=youtu.be
Songs For a Dying Planet Joe Walsh  Green-house gas emissions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX8XZBxhHXQ
Where Do The Children Play  Cat Stevens Human Footprint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a4DCxAi020
Big Yellow Taxi  Joni Mitchell Human impact on the planet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bdMSCdw20
The Trees Rush Free-rider problem https://youtu.be/JnC88xBPkkc
Another Way To Die Disturbed Environmental Inequalities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwELajFteTo
Who’s Gonna Stand Up? Neil Young Personal Environmental Action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkiRR3T_3NY
Heal The World Michael Jackson Making the world a better place https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWf-eARnf6U
Til the Rivers All Run Dry Don Williams Water scarcity and pollution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDjwm4cus0Q
Radioactive Imagine dragons Nuclear radiation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU
Dragonfly Ziggy Marely Mankind’s impact on the world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcRQp52amhA
Funny the Way It Is Dave Matthews Band A sustainable and more connected world https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAbMnMWHTvY
Pittsburgh Town  Pete Seeger  Polluted Pittsburgh during the 1940’s and 1950’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9_sSOG0xiA&app=desktop
The Update The Beastie Boys Human impact on the planet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krZ7wFOR8ng

 

 

Sources of images:

1. http://www.postconsumers.com/education/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/musi.jpg, accessed on the 9th of November, 2016

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