Environmental activists in Dominica, Echo78, are throwing out a challenge to calypsonians and song writers to use their medium to draw attention to climate action in their songs.
The hope is that the song will be used as a theme song internationally to call individuals, corporations and nations to do more to preserve the planet.
This is in anticipation of Earth Day in April.
In an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes, Father Franklin Cuffy, an environmental activist and partner of Echo78 explained, “We are challenging the calypsonians to see if they can come up with a calypso to win a special award. Any song fitting our expectation has to have the focus of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.”
He also reported that, “the response from the Calypso Association is very interesting, they responded well.”
A similar challenge was issued before with a $1,000 prize on a theme of preserving life. This time, Father Cuffy says the prize will be a surprise.
Asked to assess climate action in Dominica, he said his expectations are much higher.
“I would love to see a lot more happening,” he lamented. “I think as a nation we can do so much more. A simple thing as a huge [event] and the next day the amount of garbage left behind is disheartening; a lot needs to be done.“
Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day w and gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of the planet.
The enormous challenges of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.