Julian Lennon to debut ‘Change’ at Everland Climate Concert during UNEP’s World Environment Day celebrations in Stockholm
Written as the theme song for a new series of documentary films about forest conservation projects that offer an essential climate solution
NEW YORK, May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Julian Lennon, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and global philanthropist, has written and recorded a new song that will premiere at Everland’s Concert for the climate on June 4 as part of the World Environment Day of the United Nations Environment Program
(JEM). Everland commissioned Lennon to create the theme song for his series of short documentaries about the forest conservation projects he represents in South East Asia, Latin Americaand Africa. The concert will take place at the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Swedenand broadcast live by Looped.
Addressing the urgency of protecting our natural world, the song aligns with Lennon’s work with the White Feather Foundation, which he founded in 2007 after being asked by elders of the Mirning people to use his voice to help preserve their indigenous culture. It also expresses Everland’s commitment to ending deforestation and supporting indigenous communities at the heart of forest conservation and biodiversity protection.
The heartfelt song urges people to come together to take care of our planet:
We will change… change
Let’s change the world together.
You and me and everyone forever
We will change… change
Let’s change the world together
You and me and everyone forever…
The first film in the series is “Kasigau” – a story about Wildlife Works’ pioneering, community-focused REDD+ project in Kenya located between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.
REDD+ is an acronym for a climate change mitigation mechanism envisioned by the UN which stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. The REDD+ approach has been successfully implemented in more than 70 projects around the world. According to the latest IPCC report on climate change mitigation, reducing the conversion of forests and other ecosystems is the most effective natural solution to mitigating carbon emissions.
“Kasigau” was filmed in late 2021 and shows the harsh reality of climate chaos in a rural African community as told by community members experiencing severe drought. The film shows how this community of 120,000 people came together to stop deforestation and how the REDD+ project is channeling significant carbon finance into local sustainable development.
The world premiere of “Kasigau” is scheduled for September 6, 2022to London Curzon Theater. It will make its US debut at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York City on October 13 in a theater to be announced later.
Discussing his new single, Lennon said“When I heard about the impactful work going on in the forest conservation projects represented by Everland, which put Indigenous rights and community investment at the center, I felt compelled to create a song for the series that would remind everyone of the vital need to protect nature. Forests are essential to sustaining life on earth and indigenous peoples hold the key to safeguarding this most precious resource. »
The song will be presented at Concert for the climate hosted by well-known Swedish comedian and TV personality Kodjo Akolor. The concert is part of a series of events organized by Everland to celebrate this year’s World Environment Day and to launch its landmark The Forest Plan – a business plan that shows how it is possible to put an end to deforestation.
During the concert, other notable artists will also lend their voices to raise awareness of the crucial need to conserve nature. The range includes Julian Marley and The Uprising, Gennady, Raquel Bitton, Rusty Watson & The Legacy Singers with the Solid Gospel, and All Ways with Dara Hart and Josh Tosteson. Julia Butterfly Hill will welcome concert guests with a special recorded video message. Julia Butterfly is an American environmental activist who lived in a 180-foot-tall house that is around 1,500 years old. California redwood tree for more than two years to prevent Pacific Lumber Company loggers from cutting it down.
By commissioning Lennon to write the theme song for the documentary film, CEO and co-founder of Everland Gerald Prolman mentioned“In addition to being an extraordinary artist, Julian Lennon is a globally recognized humanitarian who has long been a strong advocate for forest conservation and the rights of indigenous peoples. We are very grateful and honored that he accepted our request to write an inspirational theme song for our documentary series on forest conservation.”
The concert comes as the United Nations convenes the international Stockholm+50 meetings set up to help businesses, activists and policy makers report on progress towards achieving the ambitions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Notes to Editor
Everland represents the world’s largest portfolio of high-impact forest conservation projects in South East Asia, Africaand Latin America. Everland brings forest communities and businesses together in a common cause to protect some of the world’s most important and vulnerable forests. To visit https://www.everlandmarketing.com/.
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