In observance of Earth Day on April 22, this month’s edition of JusticeAid’s Twelve Months of Music that Matters focuses on songs about protecting the only mother we all share—this planet. Even with all that is going on in our world right now, we cannot forget that we need to protect the environment in which we all live.
As always, we give “protest songs” a broad reading. For example, when an artist creates music that expresses love for our earth, she is helping to protect the earth, and she is protesting what others are doing to it. So, some of our songs are about loving the earth, some are about how we have pushed people off their land in order to exploit the earth, and others speak more specifically to individual environmental issues. As usual, we highlight 10 songs with commentary and the occasional video link, but our playlists include additional cuts to round out our thinking about perhaps the most important justice issue of all: protecting the world that gives us life. We hope you are spurred to your own actions to keep our world intact.