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Barenboim Joins Kofi Annan’s Campaign for Climate Justice

Daniel Barenboim recently became a Climate Ally in support of Kofi Annan’s “Tck Tck Tck: Time for Climate Justice” campaign for a fair, robust and binding agreement at the UN climate talks to be held in Copenhagen this December.

To the tck of a metronome, the lilt of a human voice, and the crash of piano keys, video statements by Barenboim and other musicians demonstrate that music is an emotionally powerful tool to promote the message of climate justice.  The “Time for Climate Justice” campaign has capitalized on the power of music to unite climate justice supporters from around the world.  The campaign’s newly released musical petition, “Beds are Burning”, has received more than 200,000 YouTube views since its launch on October 1, 2009.  Everyone is encouraged to become a Climate Ally by downloading the free song or by uploading a brief “Tck” message on the campaign’s website (http://www.timeforclimatejustice.org).

Daniel Barenboim emphasized the importance of communicating the campaign’s messages through music:

“Music is a medium that transcends cultures, generations, religions and races. [...] Climate change is having an impact on everybody around the world, but the vulnerable and the poor are suffering most. It is my hope that this campaign, with music as an integral part, will give these people a voice on the road to Copenhagen.”

Watch Barenboim's video message on climate change on YouTube.

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