Earlier this year, renowned Italian composer Ludovico Eindaudi performed his ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ on a small floating platform in Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway. Around him glaciers crumbled and collapsed into the pearlescent water and the pristine quiet was pierced with the deafening sound of a fragile environment on the verge of implosion.
His powerful message on behalf of Greenpeace was for everyone on the internet to realise the severity of the issue and to be mobilised into action for climate change because of it.
“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.
…To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle.
Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace.
Wilderness lives by this same grace.
Wild mercy is in our hands.”
-Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
I had the pleasure of seeing him play live and he was wonderful, here’s one of my favourite albums by him.