Melbourne Climate Choir use Carbon Canary songs to sing out for Climate Action

We get a sing-out from a Melbourne based blog.

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https://cmvicblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/carbon-canaries-sing-out-for-climate-change/

“If the ongoing issues surrounding climate change and the proposed Adani Coal mine leave you wanting to blow your top we’ve unearthed a way to help channel that frustration and anger into inspiration and joy. Let us begin. Pop a coin into your cerebral jukebox and select the tune to the chorus of the Abba song Fernando substituting the words penned by Bjorn, Agnetha and co with the following:

There’s more carbon in the air each night 
We’ve got to fight Adani
Causing climate change for you and me
It’s planet’ry Adani
And we know that we must never lose
The stage is set
We’ll occupy your office suite
Until you’re beat Adani…

Great isn’t it? Spirits depressed and deflated by overwhelming environmental concerns are momentarily lifted and buoyed with the added bonus that the familiar tune makes it an easy song to pick up and join in with in no time: empower yourself and others by engaging in a spot of choral activism and sing out against climate change. And there’s plenty more material where that came from, including for traditional folkies ‘Stop Adani Stop the mine’ to the tune of Oh my darling Clementine, guaranteed to stick firmly in ears everywhere:

Stop Adani, Stop Adani, Stop Adaaaani, Stop the mine
Shouldn’t aughta poison water
It’s an order – Stop the Mine

cropped-c__fakepath_carbon-canariesrect-320x110Clever and simple, these songs are addictive and accessible and are the work of two radically minded musician/activists from Queensland and NSW, Jenny Fitzgibbon and Paul Spencer, who have together created Carbon Canaries, an online song resource ‘enabling people everywhere to sing out for climate action with songs that ‘poke fun at fossils & fuelish humans, celebrate renewables of all genders and make choirs spring up at an action or staffroom near you.’

To date, Carbon Canaries have parodied and posted the tunes of 35 well-known songs re-writing the lyrics to reflect, as Paul writes, ‘the human experience of the social change movement and of living in a world that’s so beautiful, so alarming and so inspiring all at the same time.’

Jenny is motivated by the desire to offer protesters and climate campaigners a source of ‘joy and energy’ and to enable people everywhere.

The Carbon Canaries’ website provides all th“

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Carols Against Coal

Hi folks!

i tried but could not attach the actual PDF onto this page on my phone. I had to take a screenshot of each page and upload them individually so they will probably pixelate if you try to use them for printing. Dunno.

So anyone who emails me on jennyfitzy at gmail.com and asks for one will get one emailed to them.  I must ask the writers/designer if there is already a link to the PDF for download.

But here they are and you can read through them and choose your faves!

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GOSPEL! Stand for the Land on the Galilee

Clap and dance while singing!

Original song: Put Your Hand in the Hand by Gene MacLellan 1970.
Parody by Jenny Fitzgibbon

Tune and song being sung with gusto HERE

 

For the LAND we take a STAND against the MAN Who’d steal our water

For the LAND we take a STAND against the MAN Who poisoned the sea

Take a look at the facts and you can’t look at acting any differently

Than taking a STAND against the MAN who’d wreck the LAND on the Galilee!

 

So join our BAND taking a STAND for the LAND and protecting water

So join our BAND taking a STAND for the LAND, the reef and the sea

Take a look at the facts and you can’t look at acting any differently

Than joining our BAND taking a STAND for the LAND on the Galilee!

 

Woodford Folk festival was a blast!

There were 4 Carbon Canary events at Woodford Folk Festival. Two workshops introducing the songs and two Pop-Up appearances at other climate-related shows.

The Environmental Defender’s Office ran a mock trial where the great barier Reef brought the Qld Gov to court for endangering its life. Dr Ian Lowe did a a fabby job of defending the Qld Gov while simultaneously ripping them to shreds, and Jo Bragg and Step

The workshops were great. At the first was a long-term parody writer, David Pizza the Poet who handed me these rounds the next day: (Row, row, row your boat and London’s Burning)

Rows and rows of solar farms
Coming all on-stream
Merrily fighting climate change
No it’s not a dream!

and

Planet’s burning, Planet’s burning
Fix the Engine, Fix the Engine
Solar Power! Solar Power!
Yes we oughta, Yes we oughta!

It was wonderful to meet such great activists working hard all over Australia – there were people from 350.org, NT Pipeline, AYCC, people fighting Colton Coal Mine … seeing the smiles and fun we had was really rewarding for me and I hope everyone.

Gig for me doing Carbon Canarying in Port Macquarie!

Port Macquarie GIG by Sunshine Coast sInger/songwriter enviro-mental Carbon Canary Jenny Fitzgibbon.
I am doing an Earthy, climatey, fun solo gig on SUNDAY 12th – like, tomorrow! I am pumped after a lovely gig last night with the lovely Jem Dunlop.
5-7pm at the Old Scout Hall (now Conservatorium Mid North Coast), 56 Hollingsworth Street, Port Macquarie (western side of Kooloonbung Parklands)
$5 (includes lucky door prize)
BYO Drinks (tea, coffee and cake will be provided)
www.carboncanaries.com.au

New verse for Stand Beside Us Firm and Strong

Action-Songs Rock!
One of the actions we did at Leard, over two days, was to support the Gomeroi in their bid to get to see the many sacred sites around the Leard Staate Forest which have been desecrated by Whitehaven Coal. There are more which are in line for total destruction. It was a sad few days: the hopelessness they were feeling in the face of a Government who does not hold up its job of protecting Aboriginal culture and artifacts, even though they are obliged to do so.
They would like anyone who can to ring/write to Baird to ask him to uphold his obligation to protect culture by not letting Whitehaven destroy
We were all honoured to be welcomed to country and given the honorary titles of ‘brothers and sisters’ in a beautiful smoking ceremony.
At the action on Wednesday (where 5 ordinary folks stopped work on the mine for 2.5 hours), we sang the Carbon Canaries song ‘Stand Beside Us Firm and Strong’. One singer asked where was the verse for the sacred sites. So in totally adaptive Action-Song style we wrote one there and then and sang it.

Here we stand for sacred sites of Gomeroi,
Here we stand for sacred sites of Gomeroi
Whitehaven disrespected
Every sacred site detected
here we stand for sacred sites of Gomeroi

Carbon Canaries Songbooks

There are  Songsheets ready for you to download as PDFs. They don’t have all the songs and some songs have been up-dated. If you are in a hurry they could be just what you need.

Carbon Canaries songbook #1
is in two sheets:
Outside Sheet Carbon Canaries songbook Outer Sheet only
Inside Sheet (makes two A5 inserts) Carbon Canaries songbook Centre Spread

Contains 11 of the songs on this website. The initial layout was done by Vivien Griffith from Sunshine Coast Environment Council and has been much updated. That’s the worst of changing some lyrics every now and then … but can’t be helped. I will write new ones from now on and try not to make changes, I mean improvements

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Palmer?
Switch to the Sunshine
Bimblebox
Climate Change
Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground
Poison from the Coal Seam
These Gates are made for Lockin’
Renewables are all About
I’m a Believer
Dough for Me
Renewables are all About
Less is More

SONGSHEET #2 songsheet-2-carbon-canaries

Songs:
Bye Bye Coal
Divest Your Super
Powered by the Sky
Old Adani (short version)
Reefs and Fossil Fuels

Dona Nobis Common Sense (Sung as a Round)

Tune: Dona Nobis Pachem
Jenny Fitz and Paul Spencer

 No more, No More, Coal Seam Gas Mining
Leave it, leave it, in the ground

There are no clean green loopholes
Leave it Leave it in the ground

Gas Wells, everywhere are leaking
Leave it Leave it in the ground

(for the timing, each group need to end the word Leave at the same time and say ‘it’ as togetherly as possible. I think. Have a listen)