From the Library: World Music for Earth Day

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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