‘Ablaze’: A haunting new song about Australia’s wildfires

Binnie Klein, a licensed clinical social worker and a psychotherapist and author in New Haven, Connecticut interviews Melbourne singer-songwriter “Tartie” about her country’s historic bushfires, Yale Climate Connections.

Art as a form of protest and consciousness-raising long has been a potent contribution to society’s challenge of grappling with injustice, calamity, inhumanity … and now climate change. The visceral and emotional impact of the arts as a vital change-maker is also a powerful companion to scientific research and discovery.

The 1960s stand out for many as a period of socially-engaged art – through film, cartoons, poster art, performance pieces, literature, and perhaps most profoundly – music. And over the past decade, artists increasingly are turning their attention to climate change. The news of extreme weather events, while always distressing, can sometimes remain remote, but the singing and storytelling of an Australian artist known only as “Tartie” brought it all home when I played it on my radio show. We discussed the fires and her song “Ablaze” via Skype: Continue reading here.

Listen to the song on YouTube.

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Yale University Survey: Yale Poll Finds Majority of Americans Think ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Other Fossil Fuel Companies Should Pay for Climate Change Damage, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog. A  survey by Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communications and supported by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that most Americans (57 percent) think fossil fuel companies should pay for the damages caused by global warming.

Interactive Map – Click link and scroll down: This tool maps variations in Americans’ opinions about existing or potential lawsuits against fossil fuel companies.

Nebraska Data

  • A search by state shows that 50% of Nebraskans surveyed hold fossil fuel companies responsible for the local damage of global warming.
  • Several searches by county show the following results:

Cherry County: 58%
Colfax County: 56%
Dawes County: 57%
Douglas County: 56%
Lancaster County: 55%
Thurston County: 61%