Still on the subject of music, the latest issue of Sierra Magazine offers a short playlist of eco-tunes “that won’t make you cringe.” In my Nature and Popular Culture course, I always have a song playing as the students are coming in before I start the class, and it’s always a song related to the topic of the day. Here are a few of the students’ favorites listed with the course topics:
- Course Introductions – “End of the World” by Great Big Sea (an R.E.M. song, but I prefer the GBS version)
- Consumerism – “Shopping” by The Barenaked Ladies
- Lawns & Gardens – “Ride the Lawn” by Dana Lyons
- Cars – “Dead Skunk” by Louden Wainright
- Countering Consumerism – “Buy Nothing Day” by Chumbawamba
I also wanted to mention another music-related resource for activists and teachers, or just for your listening pleasure. With contributions from the subscribers to the NEES mailing list (that’s the Northeast Environmental Studies Group), Rich Wallace from Ursinus College has compiled a long list of environment and Nature themed songs. Originally, it was supposed to be a list of songs related to climate chaos, but things branched out. Lots of ideas there. What about your fave ecoTunes playlists or songs? Use the comments section to share your suggestions.