Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009 by Shachar Pessis
Beds Are Burning – ‘Beds Are Burning‘ is originally a 1987 hit single by the Australian rock band Midnight Oil which was originally a political song about Pintupi’s (Australian Aboriginal group) repatriation of ancestral lands. Click here for the full story. Today, ‘Beds are Burning’ is yet again in the center of a hot topic, this time manifested in its new cover version – the ‘Dry River Bed’ – having different lyrics and acting as a global music petition. If you haven’t figured out what this is about yet, we’re talking (and they’re signing) about global warming and climate change.
The new version features celebrities from around the world who are urging us and the world to take the global climate issue seriously. The song is available for free download, and each download automatically prompts the addition of the listener to the list of supporters. In addition to downloading the song, users have an additional participation option; clicking on the “Tck Tck Tck, Time for Climate Justice” link redirects users to a page where they can video record themselves saying “Tick.” The large numbers of Tickers will, as this campaign hopes, have a powerful and persuasive impact on the world’s leaders who will convene this coming December in Copenhagen, in order to formulate a robust and fair replacement for the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.