‘There’s no music on a dead planet’

The role of Green Music Australia in climate change activism


  • Julie Rickwood Australian National University




popular music, climate change, environmental activism


The article focuses on how popular music, environmental activism and climate change blend in the work of Green Music Australia through its projects and the networks it establishes within the music industry. The article describes a contextual background; broadly explores the links between popular music, environmental activism and climate change; and considers the notion of collective action. It concentrates on Green Music Australia by investigating the framing of its political and cultural imperative for climate activism. The article concludes with a reflection that includes the Global Climate Strike.

Author Biography

Julie Rickwood, Australian National University

Julie Rickwood is a music and performance researcher and practitioner based in Canberra, working at the Australian National University (ANU). Her research has concentrated on popular music and community choirs, examining intersections with cross-cultural exchange and common ground, gender, identity, place, heritage, and the environment.


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How to Cite

Rickwood, J. . (2021). ‘There’s no music on a dead planet’: The role of Green Music Australia in climate change activism. Perfect Beat, 20(2), 155–172. https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.40329