Connecticut children now have a voice in the climate change debate. A song written by Pamela Peeters with her husband, Martin Nweeia, a whale biologist and dentist in Sharon was recorded a couple of weeks ago with the children’s singing group, “Sing Out! CT” at a studio in Redding. The project was underwritten by Salisbury Bank and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
“The song is called ‘Light to the World,” explained Ms. Peeters, who is recognized as the Ambassador for Sustainable Knowledge (A.S.K. Pamela) to her former college's climate initiative in Belgium. “We wanted to express light and love to the Earth. The children embraced the song and made it their own.”
When asked what message that she would like to send to the leaders of the countries who are making decisions for climate change Peeters said
I would say to them, do you remember that when you were a child that you trusted life? Could you give that trust to the children today? They are counting on you to leave them a healthy planet. Right now you are not doing a good job, you are not considering the resources to be equal to the profit margin of your economic models.
Peeters went on to explain that neither the children nor the Earth have an actual voice in the climate change talks. She therefore wanted to create a song that would be an emotional petition to the hearts of the leaders of the world. That leadership was recently assembled at the Paris Climate Change Conference that will wind up on Dec. 11. She described how she heard Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, say during the 2014 opening of the Climate Change Week that his son said, “Daddy do the right thing.”
Peeters said, “It made me realize that perhaps children can be a game changer in making adults do the right thing.”
The song was recorded on International Childrens’ Day on November 20.
One hundred students in Belgium were recruited for the "We Are Paris" Climate Initiative from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels to become reporters of the climate change debate. Peeters had coached these students on sustainable development. She was asked to moderate a discussion on sustainable development between students and professors at the university. It had been cancelled after the Paris tragedy but has now been rescheduled.
A video will accompany the song with images of children - and their eco hero paintings - from around the world and will premier in Paris on December 11, after that will be able to be heard on the TMI website. Ms. Peeters observed that "Every artwork is a vision for a Sustainable Planet." She has introduced her educational model for climate change, called ‘Eco Heroes,’ into 900 schools in Flanders, her home district in Belgium. She invites schools in the region to adopt her course which has been translated into English. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org