Sixth grader writes environmental song — and gets children around the world sing it. Cool.
Aitan (Grossman) wrote “100 Generations,” a ballad he says is about “the integrity of nature we’re taking for granted,” and sent it to schools on six continents in search of children like him who wanted, through the power of music, to fight global warming.
Children from Botswana, France, Taiwan, Venezuela, Ethiopia, and the United States are singing the chorus and adding words in their own languages. Aitan hopes to sell copies of the song on KidEarth to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund, the Alliance for Climate Protection and other environmental groups.
The lyrics are here. In the English version, the chorus speaks to a hawk:
You and I, we share the same elation.
River run down from heaven’s hill,
Ever flow, I know you will,
Lasting for 100 generations.
Activists have persuaded children the earth is doomed, writes Ashley Thorne of National Association of Scholars.
According to a poll commissioned by Habitat Heroes (a.k.a. “the first social-networking site for young eco-warriors”), “One out of three children aged 6 to 11 fears that Ma Earth won’t exist when they grow up.” And “more than half—56 percent—worry that the planet will be a blasted heath” by then.
. . . Children are environmentally aware — so aware that they are cringing in fear that the end of the world is nigh.
Kids talk about eco-apocalypse. But do they really believe they have no future?