Amplifying the voices of artists who inspire action for climate and conservation.
We Are At a Crucial MomEnt in history.
One that requires us to change our behaviour rapidly and move billions of people from apathy to action.
Inspiring millions to defend the fragile ecosystems that sustain all life on earth.
LAST YEAR KING GIZZARD AND THE WIZARD LIZARD WON THE INAUGURAL 2022 PRIZE WITH THEIR SONG 'IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?'.
THEY DONATED THE $20,000 PRIZE to THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY TO FUND FRONTLINE CONSERVATION AND CLIMATE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR ARTISTS.
This prolific psychedelic band have been mobilising fans with their climate-focused rock for over a decade with environmental lyrics and topics such as pollution, environmental degradation and climate change featured in several of their 23 albums, including ‘Infest the Rats’ Nest’, ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ and ‘Fishing for Fishies’, ‘K.G.’ and ‘L.W’.
Adoring fans from across the world voted to reward their ongoing commitment and vision, ensuring they took out first ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC PRIZE.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard about their winning song ‘If Not Now, Then When?
“I’ve written quite a few songs about climate change, but after the black summer bushfires in 2019-2020, shit started to feel dire. It still feels dire more dire.
We need actual, real, tangible action from our leaders, otherwise what are they there for?
Why are we not doing everything we humanly can to right our wrongs?
When we’re literally on fire, why not now? If not now, then when?”
Matt Brennan, CEO, Wilderness Society in response to the unexpected and extremely generous gift:
“King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Environmental Music Prize-winning song calls for action amidst the normalised calamity. The joyousness of the groove belies the urgent message for climate and nature.
We congratulate them on the award and we are deeply grateful for their decision to donate their $20,000 prize.
Congratulations to all of the artists who participated, music can surely change the world!
DISCOVER THE FINALISTS OF THE 2022 PRIZE
These were selected by Environmental Leaders, Music Ambassadors and Impact Partners for their ability to connect us to nature, make us reflect and inspire us to take action for climate and conservation.
They reflect a rich diversity of musical styles, moods and attitudes, as well as Australia’s vibrant multicultural society.
Read about the songs and the artists’ motivations on their Artist pages.
Addicted To The Sunshine
Get up off your towel and respect the sunshine and the environment that we all love!
Can't Take The Ocean Out Of Me
A love song to Mother Ocean, an anthem for protection of our coastline, a celebration of the intrinsic connection to our oceanic source.
Hello My Beautiful World
A spoken word love letter to the planet.
A love story of planet earth – the Lorrpu (white cockatoo) is sending out a message to all humans, celebrating culture, life, nature and a love for the land and sea.
Frustration with our dud prime ministers inaction
If Not Now Then When
A rhetorical warped groove into post-eco apocalypse – if not now, then when do we act?
In Love With This Place
I’m in love with this place, if I could show you your heart would change.
Messin' Me Up
A broody crescendo of energy, at a poignant moment in human history.
A powerful song that calls for urgency in addressing climate change.
A community-driven song that you stream for a greener planet, with all royalties going to Wild Ark
This is a portal. This is a chance. An opportunity to make real change.
A call-to-action for climate and reminder that everyone has a voice they can use.
Sky Was Blue - The Bushfire Song
A 31-day bushfire meditation vigil during the Black Summer fires birthed this song
Sleep Australia Sleep
A lullaby that laments climate inaction.
What will we tell our children if we fail to protect the planet?
My dream is to share a childlike appreciation of the natural world around me through
music. This song about a heartbroken alien observing earth from outer space.
A passionate call-to-action on climate change from the voice of youth.
The voices of the youth are rising, and so is the temperature
We Are The Youth
Apocalypse pop, inspired by the past and future but made for now.
What if it depends on me and you to fix the climate crisis?
When A Tree Falls
When a tree falls in the rainforest and no-ones around does it make a sound?
World Migratory Bird Day Virtual Choir
A ballad of bittersweet reflection on one of the world’s greatest natural phenomena, shorebird migration.
Ecocide is Suicide
Taking control of our own future is essential for survival and as part of that we must make government and corporations leave behind greed and embrace symbiosis with nature.
BUILD A Playlist THAT INSPIRES ACTION
Learn more about the ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC prize
Christiana Figueres, the Former U.N. Climate Chief who headed the Paris Climate Agreement and now Chairs The Earthshot Prize, introduced the ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC PRIZE to her global audience on Earth Day 2022.
She invited climate-conscious citizens around the world to watch the music videos, vote for those that resonated and share to activate others.
There was strong media interest and our local Environmental and Impact Partners further amplified ensuring that 50,000 people from 58 countries came to this site to engage with these meaningful songs.
Going forward, every Earth Day, we’ll share the songs selected by Environmental Leaders to:
- Reflect their hopes, fears and ambitions.
- Focus media attention on engaged artists, powerful songs and environmental issues.
- Drive high audience engagement through deep connection and compelling content
- Highlight the work of scientists, community groups and frontline organisations
- Accelerate the cultural shift required for bold ambition and action during this crucial decade
MISSON & VISION
ENVIRONMENTAL MUSIC PRIZE
“We need messages of hope – ones that touch us deeply, capture our imagination and enable us to dream big. By focusing the creative genius of many songwriters, singers, musicians and content creators on environmental issues, and by partnering with aligned organisations and community groups, we hope to propel a few climate anthems into the mainstream and empower a diverse group of artists to activate their audiences..”
– Edwina Floch, Founder of The Environmental Music Prize
Green Music Australia
“Many artists have written about their love of nature or used their platforms to support a worthy cause. Individual actions are great, but there is strength and strategy in coming together.
The Environmental Music Prize will bolster our work greening the music industry by attracting new artists and empowering them to use their cultural influence to speak up and sing out on climate.
We are witnessing a wave of environmentalism. This exciting initiative will add more songs to the soundtrack and provide opportunities for artists to speak with a coordinated voice for maximum impact.”
– Berish Blander, CEO of Green Music Australia
OUTRAGE + OPTIMISM
“Forging solutions to the accelerating climate and environmental crises require us to put everything on the table – from simple to complex, from individual to systemic, from technological to imaginative.
Let’s not forget that art, music and poetry are some of the most effective forms of protest: they change our minds, move our hearts and spur us into action. Action now is all of our responsibility, so it is with great excitement that Outrage & Optimism is partnering with the Environmental Music Prize.”
– Christiana Figueres DBE, Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Paris Climate Agreement), Co-Founder of Global Optimism, Chair of The Earthshot Prize, Author of ‘The Future We Choose : Surviving the Climate Crisis’
“I’m getting behind the Environmental Music Prize because I know !irst-hand that songs can be weapons for personal change, and if this prize can encourage even one more artist to call out injustice and write fearlessly about the change they want to see in the world, at this critical turning point in history, then it deserves all the support we can muster.
John Lennon said that sometimes political messages need a bit of honey to connect.
When I was building FEAT. as a way for artists to join the clean energy revolution, Anohni’s song ‘4 Degrees’ was a song that connected the climate science dots in a way that graphs had failed to do. She sang about wanting to see the world boil. It’s a brutal message but it became my soundtrack and an emotional fuel source I would tap into when I needed a boost of grit and determination.”
– Heidi Lenffer, Singer / Songwriter of Cloud Control, Founder of FEAT (Future Energy Artists) solar investment fund and sustainability surcharge ‘Solar Slice’.
Recipient of the 2019 Triple J ‘You Done Good’ Award and ‘SMAC of the YEAR’.
“Concerned about climate change and the way we’re destroying irreplaceable ecosystems, I’ve been on a massive personal journey: getting informed, changing my lifestyle, going to protests, speaking out and supporting great organisations and people along the way.
In 2019 I brought that into my music and wrote ‘READY’ as a call-to-arms. It features incredible school climate strikers who are literally fighting for their future.
I’m proud to be a Music Ambassador for The Environmental Music Prize as it’s the opportunity to reach out to my peers and for us to bring people together. We can use our voices in a powerful way that reminds others of the beauty of the world and that also helps the scientists and environmental organisations who deserve more attention..”
– Award-winning Singer / Songwriter of climate anthem ‘READY’, Australia’s 2021 Eurovision entry
“Music has the power to open minds and inspire change as it echoes through our bodies and over this amazing planet.
The Environmental Music Prize will encourage storytellers to delve into this topic more fully. Sometimes we need reminders to stretch into new spaces.
I truly believe that creativity that inspires change is the most essential art there is, and the most important art to make. I hope my fellow creative community consider it a calling.”
– Anna Lunoe, DJ, Producer, Vocalist, Podcast Host of ‘danceXL’ and ‘Create Destroy’
“We have all the science and solutions we need, and a vast majority of the Australian people want action on the climate emergency.
What matters now is putting the pressure on the politicians and the business leaders to act and we cannot underestimate the power of great songs to do just that.
Since the very first concert for Greenpeace in 1970, music has been a huge part of who we are, so we are thrilled to see the launch of The Environmental Music Prize and delighted that more talented artists will be lending their voice and influence to shift Australia towards a better future.”
– David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia