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The UNFCCC Newsroom presents a new entry as part of the series of Climate Songs for Paris COP 21. The song "Catch the sun (Go solar)" was submitted by Ben Williams. 

Listen to Catch the sun (Go solar)


"Catch the Sun (Go solar)" by guitarist and songwriter Ben Williams was released to mark the Solar Trade Association’s Solar Independence Day on the 3rd/4th July 2015. Ben wrote his catchy solar song for free, to help raise awareness of climate change and highlight the importance of solar as a solution.  The song was recorded in a solar-powered recording studio at The Premises in Hackney with backing singers from the solar industry, green NGOs and from the Philippine and Ethiopian embassies – two countries vulnerable to climate change impacts.

Ben Williams said:


There’s something special about solar. Not just because it’s genius technology but because, as the song says, it puts the power to act in millions of hands. The energy and climate debate is very political and bogged-down by big vested interests. Nothing reaches people like music. I wanted to try and reach out to everyday people with a hopeful message.


The Solar Trade Association helped to organise the recording working with The Premises who have been long term supporters of solar power as they are the first solar-powered recording studio in Europe.

Sonia Dunlop, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at the Solar Trade Association said:

Solar is transforming the way we generate energy, democratising our energy supply as well as helping to avert dangerous climate change. We hope that is reflected in this song.

Catch the sun (Go solar) - Song Text

Go solar, Go solar,
We’re in space, You’re our satellite
You’re NASA’s baby, You’re the shield in our fight
With climate change


Einstein explained you,
but you still blow my mind
Respect the science,
no no do not be blind
To climate change


We’re burning cash, to be more insecure
This carbon crash, mankind cannot endure
Oh solar!


Look to the rooftops, look to the sky
There’s enough power for us all to get by
Go solar!


The sun’s the source of all life on earth, there is no price on what it is worth


C’mon everyone! (Go Solar) Sing it out for solar. (Go solar).
Raise your roof, and let’s catch the sun. (Go solar)
Let’s catch the sun (Go solar)


We’re sleep-walking to a rise of 4 degrees
The arctic summer will soon be ice free
We’ve got to act


The hour glass, is running out of sand
But solar power can touch a million hands
And each can act


The sun’s the source of all life on earth, there is no price on what it is worth


C’mon everyone! (Go Solar) Sing it out for solar. (Go Solar)
Raise your roof, and let’s catch the sun. (Go solar)
Sing it out for solar (Go solar)


Raise your roof, and let’s catch the sun Let’s catch the sun
(Go solar)Let’s catch the sun


Go solar, go solar, go solar, go solar Go solar, go solar, go solar, go solar


C’mon everyone! (Go Solar) Sing it out for solar. (Go Solar)
Raise your roof, and let’s catch the sun. (Go solar)
Sing it out for solar (go solar)
Raise your roof, and let’s catch the sun (Go solar)
Sing it out for solar Raise your roof
And let’s catch the sun Let’s catch the sun Let’s catch the sun……

 

 

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.

Photo Credit : Solar Trade Association (Flickr)

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