This April marks the 35th anniversary of Earth Day. The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote the importance of ecology and to highlight the growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Given the escalating fuel costs, it only makes this Earth Day more meaningful and it should be a day in which to reflect on what kind of planet, we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren. In many countries, Earth Day is observed, with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues.
Unfortunately, there haven’t been many recent songs that touch upon the importance of the environment.
Singer/songwriter John Denver’s environmentally conscious music established him as one of the most respected recording artists of the 1970s. His popularity extended to fans of all ages and even led to simultaneous careers as both an actor and a humanitarian, where he even performed in Chernobyl in 1987 a year after the nuclear reactor disaster.
Many of John Denver’s songs were expired by his own experiences
“The Eagle and the Hawk” was inspired due to Denver becoming an expert on birds of prey, while "Sunshine on My Shoulders” was inspired by his support for solar power. And “Children of The Universe” speaks of our responsibility to the planet.
New Age singer-song writer Enya’s “The Memory of Trees” was derived from the Irish Mythology about the Druids, who regarded trees as very sacred.
Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” laments about corporate and environmentalist woes that have befallen us.
"Mercy Mercy Me" by Marvin Gaye bemoans: "Oh mercy mercy me/Oh, things ain't what they used to be no, no/Where did all the blue sky go? /Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east."
"What Are We Gonna Do" By Dramarama is one of the last rock songs of the twentieth century that dealt with environmental concerns.
Dan Fogelberg’s “A Cry in the Forest” bemoans the fate of deforestation.
Pete Seeger’s “My Dirty Stream” laments the state of The Hudson River.
“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Tina Turner and The Pretenders “My City is Gone” are about the problems of globalization.
The United States consumes more oil and emits more greenhouse gases than any other nation on Earth. EPA vehicle fuel efficiency ranking has plummeted to an abysmal last place for five straight years. Its 2005 , and we should use this Earth Day to reflect upon our actions to the world around us and how we can help the future generations not have it so hard.