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Lima to Paris


The Lima UN climate conference has set the stage for governments to deliver a new universal climate change agreement in Paris, at the end of 2015. The new agreement is aimed at putting the world on track to a low-carbon, sustainable future while keeping a global temperature rise under 2 degrees C.

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UNFCCC Newsroom presents a new entry in our special section Climate Song for Paris COP 21. The song Kangarooz (lyrics below) was written and submitted by Luke Wallace, a folk artist and songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia.

The song Kangarooz is taken from the album The Kitimat LP, which was released in December 2014 and which also acts as the soundtrack to a documentary on the environmental degradation of Kitimat, B.C. Luke explains in his own words: "I write music to inspire change in a world so desperately in need. The way we have interacted with our environment up to this point has led to massive, wide scale destruction of the planet. This relationship has resulted in deforestation, species loss, coastline destruction and, most importantly, the loss of the feeling that we are indeed part of nature".

Listen to Kangorooz

Send us your Climate Song for Paris COP21

Are you an amateur or professional singer, and do you care deeply about climate change? Then be part of the global movement in support of a meanginful new universal climate change agreement to be concluded in Paris in December (COP 21/CMP 11). Send us your climate songs to newsroom@unfccc.int so we can spread the word in the run-up to the meeting.

The song would need to be already posted online in a sharable format so that we can link to it (as a sound file or video or embedded on a website) and we would ask for a short paragraph about how it was made and what the song means for you.


I’ve got love but it ain’t for a girl
it's for the land and the sea and the whole wide world
and I’m going down, down, down

I’ve got love but it ain’t for you
It's for the bears and the bugs and the kangarooz
And they’re going down, down, down

Make sure that your love is in the rightest of places
Cause the things that we’re doing, they’re melting the glaciers
And they’re coming down, down, down

The tides are a’turning there are changes at hand
They’re too slow notice, too big to understand
But they’re going down, down, down

If we all come together, try our very best
The sun can power the world, the wind can do the rest
And then I’ll put it down, down, down

So lift me up

I’m going down

Photo credit: The Kitimat LP.

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