A Carbon-Neutral Orchestra? Yes, please.

Confession: I'm an über climate-nerd and I love learning about sustainability. Recently, I went looking for an organization that was already doing what I thought needed to happen: helping musicians find their unique place in the fight against climate change.

The more I've learned about climate change and sustainability, the more I see the tide turning, but not from our so-called leaders. While nations and corporations waste precious time with pathetic commitments, I see real solutions, both big and small, being presented by regular people. The power of these grassroots movements (and there are so many!) helps me counteract the doom and gloom that is the truth of the crisis we're in.

In my search, I was truly heartened to discover the organizations Music Declares Emergency (MDE) and Classical Declares Emergency. Offering toolkits for greening the music industry for artists, audience members, management, venues, labels, publishers and more, MDE is a fantastic resource for anyone who loves music and sustainability.

Music and the arts undoubtedly have the emotional power to help to shift the cultural conversation as we collectively work towards a zero carbon future. As I've heard many environmental activists say, the climate crisis is an "all hands on deck" situation - and that includes musicians.