Today, Elrik Merlin presents a selection of music from around the world in celebration of Earth Day. Genres range from ethnic to rock, New Age and Jazz and many tracks focus on bringing our attention to the natural world and
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From the Library: World Music for Earth Day

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009

Today, Elrik Merlin presents a selection of music from around the world in celebration of Earth Day. Genres range from ethnic to rock, New Age and Jazz and many tracks focus on bringing our attention to the natural world and the perilous state of the Earth today.

Earth Day – April 22 – each year marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, and this year’s Earth Day is a particularly important one.

Many scientists agree that the planet is close to a “tipping point” for human-made global warming (“anthropogenic climate change”), and that if governments fail to agree to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions at the upcoming Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen at the end of the year, civilisation as we know it may come to an end before the middle of the century and billions will die. See the new movie Age of Stupidhttp://www.ageofstupid.net/ if you need more convincing.

Please bring these issues to the attention of everyone you know, and do your best to pressure world governments to reach meaningful, adequate agreements with binding carbon emissions targets in December.

For more information on Earth Day and what you can do to help, visit http://www.earthday.net/.

From the Library is produced in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life, and today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin. You can listen now at http://music.radioriel.org. (To listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and if the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world. 

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