Earth Day takes place every year on April 22nd (this Sunday!) with the aim to raise awareness and promote activities that are earth friendly. It's a once-a-year reminder that we should be acting responsibly each day in order to preserve the planet we call home. Here are 6 songs that are inspiring us on Earth Day 2012!
"I wanna walk up the side of the mountain / I wanna walk down the other side of the mountain / I wanna swim in the river, lie in the sun / I wanna try to be nice to everyone"
This song is the ultimate hippie anthem, but remember folks, you don't have to identify as a hippie to care about the earth! Coincidentally, this song was used in a commercial for a hybrid car. Kinda cute!
This land is your land This land is my land / From California to the New York island / From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters / This land was made for you and Me.
This land belongs to all of us, which is even more reason to take care of it! This classic reminder that the world is beautiful (if we keep it that way) has been brought to you by folk legend Woody Guthrie. Amen!
"Sit beside a mountain stream / See her waters rise / Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies"
This is one of the simplest Beatles songs and was written by Paul McCartney (with some input from John Lennon). They were inspired to write the lyrics after listening to a famous yogi's speech in India.
"Don't it always seem to go / That you don't know what you've got till it's gone? / They paved paradise / Put up a parking lot"
This Joni Mitchell classic is about appreciating nature instead of tearing it down and ruining it. She said she was inspired to write the song when she was in Hawaii and saw the mountains and oceans juxtaposed against a parking lot.
"Woo, mercy, mercy me, mercy / Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no no / Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas / Fish full of mercury"
This is a sad anthem about the state that the environment is in today. Marvin Gaye references air pollution, oil spills, and radiation.
"What have we done to the world? / Look what we've done / What about all the peace / That you pledge your only son?"
This powerful ballad by the King of Pop was written to send a message of change and peace. At the end of the song's critically-acclaimed video, Jackson asks for donations to his charity, the Heal The World Foundation.
For more information on Earth Day 2012 and to find out how you can get invloved, visit EarthDay.org.
Can you think of any other songs for Earth Day? Let us know in the comments!