Throughout Raffi’s career, he has sung of our love for Nature and its importance in our lives. “Respecting Earth & Child” is the Centre For Child Honouring’s motto. Several Raffi songs, both old and new, celebrate our planet and the wonders of being alive.
To help celebrate Earth Day, here are a number of resources —songs, lyrics, videos, links—for teachers, students, and parents. For everyone!
Green Dream Lyrics
Raffi's song "COOL IT" is a musical call-to-action on Climate Change, urging the global community to come together to reduce CO2 emissions. It is also a toe-tapping rockabilly tune on global warming—the most pressing issue of the day, and perhaps our lifetimes.
For more information about the song with useful Global Warming links click here.
COOL IT at School - for teacher & youth activities, free mp3 song download, lyrics and more!
Raffi's ecology album.
Award-winning songs, especially popular with students and teachers.
A celebration of our power to preserve the Earth for all generations.
For more information about ordering Evergreen Everblue or to listen to some of the songs click here
Evergreen Everblue lyrics
BIG BEAUTIFUL PLANET
“Big Beautiful Planet,” one of Raffi’s first environmental “anthems” for children and adults was recorded for the album Rise and Shine in 1982. A version is also featured on Evergreen Everblue.
Download lyrics, sheet music and guitar chords here.
The Earth Charter is a declaration of interdependence that came into being through a process of consultation that involved thousands of people in 78 countries, over the course of ten years.
We are at a critical moment
- A time when we must choose our future
- A time to join together to bring forth a sustainable global society
- A time to declare our responsibility to one another
“The Earth Charter challenges us to examine our values and choose a better way. It calls on us to search for common ground in the midst of our diversity and to embrace a new ethical vision.”
Learn more and download the Charter and other materials.
Where We All Belong
Inspired by the Earth Charter, Raffi has written a song to listen to and sing wherever people gather to celebrate life. Both versions of Where We All Belong — chant and ballad — are about Earth as an abundant home, “a circle where we all belong.” They express the Swahili sentiment “tunza” — to treat with care and affection. Tunza is also the name of the youth and children’s strategy of the United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP).