Four of Australia’s leading women singers have resurrected a 1980s hit song popularised by comeback rock star John Farnham, and their powerful video clip will be played at the global climate change summit in Paris next month.
You’re the Voice - featuring the lyrics ‘we’re not going to sit in silence, we’re not going to live in fear’ – has been repurposed as a global anthem for climate action and hope as the world seeks a new treaty to prevent dangerous global warming.
The #IMTHEVOICE campaign – all year in the making - is using the positive emotional power of music to inspire people everywhere.
The team behind the anthem is led by 1 Million Women*, the Australian-based mass movement of women and girls who take action on climate change in their daily lives, in collaboration with Creative Director and Photographer, Andreas Smetana who came up with the idea of this project, and Music Producer Ken Francis. Smetana’s 6-year-old daughter Louie is a starring voice in the video clip, delivering a compelling call to action from her young generation.
The Australian celebrity quartet of lead singers are solo artist Deni Hines, country performer and ‘Doris Day cover act’ Melinda Schneider, soulful popular songster Wendy Matthews, and actor-signer Ursula Yovich, with a cameo appearance by film and TV star Claudia Karvan.
The video clip, which is further populated by beautifully diverse women and girls of all ages and backgrounds, generates a sense of hope for today’s and future generations. This matches the optimism that has surrounded the forthcoming Paris Climate Conference (COP21), which runs November 30 to December 11.
This musical celebration for climate action and hope is being released in Sydney today (November 25th Australian Eastern Summer Time) for global distribution as both a video clip and an audio track downloadable from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, CD Baby and Shazam.
1 Million Women founder Natalie Isaacs is travelling to Paris to present You’re the Voice at the UN climate summit’s high-profile Gender Day on December 8th, a few days before the landmark conference wraps up.
Ms Isaacs said that the video clip and the song would be hard to ignore: ‘We’ve deliberately posed a very emotional challenge to world leaders for strong action on climate change, and we aim to inspire a sense of hope that change is possible with a united voice. For 1 Million Women it's absolutely non-negotiable: women and our voices must be part of any solution.'
Ursula Yovich: ‘Through music we hope to unite people in making a stand for climate action. This has to be our number one priority because the world and its preservation is everyone's business’.
Deni Hines: ‘Working with 1 Million Women on the You’re The Voice campaign is important to me because Planet Earth is the only home I know of, at least in this universe! I’ve long been a supporter of our environment and highlighting the need to take responsibility for our planet. Not just for the human race, but for all life that we co-exist with. Climate change is an urgent topic that needs to addressed, embraced, and acted upon before it’s too late. We can no longer “bury our head in the sand” and plead ignorance. We ALL need to play our part in taking positive steps towards the future.’
Melinda Schneider: ‘I have been a supporter of 1 Million Women since it started several years ago and what has been achieved in that short time is simply amazing. Music is a powerful way to open people’s hearts and minds to climate action and it’s an honour to be a part of this You’re The Voice project.’
For more information or to coordinate an interview with Natalie Isaacs, Founder, 1 Million Women, Director, Andreas Smetana, Music Director, Ken Francis and/or the talented women leading the anthem for climate action and hope - Wendy Mathews, Deni Hines, Melinda Schneider & Ursula Yovich - contact Bronte Hogarth on 0424 876128 or [email protected]
NEWS FLASH: You're the Voice will be performed live on stage for the first time at the People's Climate March Sydney, part of a global mobilisation ahead of Paris, this Sunday November 29th in The Domain.
*About 1 Million Women
1 Million Women is an internationally-celebrated community organisation that was awarded by the UN in 2013. There is no other organisation like ours in the world. 1 Million Women is not just our name, it's our goal. We're building a movement of strong, inspirational women acting on climate change through the way that we live. Already 350,000+ have joined us.
1 Million Women
1 Million Women is an internationally celebrated community organisation that was awarded by the UN in 2013. There is no other organisation like ours in the world. 1 Million Women is not just our name, it's our goal. We're building a movement of strong, inspirational women acting on climate change through the way that we live. Already 450,000+ have joined us.
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