Children’s entertainer Raffi has released a bold new song in support of millions of young activists, on the eve of student climate strikes around the world. ‘Young People Marching’ is a tribute to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who inspired climate marches by young people around the world. “Young Greta is the moral voice of our times,” says Raffi, “urging the world to action on the global climate emergency, the greatest threat to all our lives—a matter of survival.” You can watch the song’s official video below.
‘Young People Marching’ begins with Thunberg’s trademark clarity: “There is no middle ground when it comes to the climate and ecological emergency!” This powerful song marks an exclamation point in Raffi’s decades-long advocacy for children and the Earth, which includes his 1990 album Evergreen Everblue, a UNEP Global 500 Award, the UN Environmental Achievement Award and his 2011 essay ‘The Right to a Future.’ ‘Young People Marching’ echoes the call for climate action heard in his 2007 song ‘Cool It.’
Once called “the most popular children’s singer in the English-speaking world” (Washington Post) and “Canada’s all-time children’s champion” (Toronto Star), pioneering troubadour Raffi has spent more than four decades delighting successive generations of kids—and their parents—with his playful personality and timeless songs. In that time, he has recorded numerous gold and platinum albums and performed countless sold-out concerts.
Raffi has refused all commercial endorsement offers and has never advertised to children, a distinction for which he received the Fred Rogers Integrity Award. His non-profit Raffi Foundation advances Child Honouring as a universal ethic. An online course in Child Honouring is now offered for parents, educators and policy makers.
In a 2017 article for NBC news, Raffi wrote, “Kids born today will face unprecedented global crises within their lifetimes, including the possible collapse of fisheries, accelerated mass extinctions, decimation of coral reefs and rising sea levels… Finding a remedy for our species is a matter of survival.”