Photo: Why music matters to David Suzuki

David Suzuki wants you to enter Playlist for the Planet (Credit: Kent Kallberg).

I love music. As a geneticist, I'm fascinated by the built-in need we have for music; it touches something very deep within us. So why do we need it? What does music trigger in our brain that makes it so real and so powerful?

It's been my experience that musicians are often the first to donate their time and music to causes such as civil rights, poverty, and the environment. The impact certain songs have to rally emotions and actions is nothing short of extraordinary.

That's why I'm so excited about The David Suzuki Foundation's Playlist for the Planet.

I must admit, however, that my musical tastes are still firmly anchored in the 1960s. When I think of songs such as "We Shall Overcome" or "Give Peace a Chance", it's clear that music can be transformational.

I believe that an environmental anthem can help bring the overwhelming public support for the environment to its rightful place. Together, we can inspire thousands of Canadians to gather around song.

Imagine artists from every genre of music joining in to show the diversity of Canadian thoughts, feelings and ideas about how we can reconnect with nature. When the dust clears, I hope we will emerge with an anthem that we can all sing along to!

I invited some of my favourite artists and friends to write a song for a compilation album. It's called Playlist for the Planet... But since a clean, healthy, sustainable planet is something we all need, it only makes sense that we opened this up for everyone. This is a nationwide call for Canadian songwriters of all levels to bring their talents forward.

I look forward to hearing what you come up with!

Good luck!

David Suzuki

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