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Gina Lopez: Let's sing for the climate

Thursday, June 29, 2017

CEBU. Former Environment Secretary Regina Paz "Gina" Lopez leads the crowd in the singing of "Sing for the Climate" during Thursday, June 29, renewable energy summit at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus. (Vanessa L. Almeda/SunStar Philippines)

FORMER Environment Secretary Regina Paz "Gina" Lopez is going to sing her way into the hearts of green advocates to realize a movement for change.

At a summit for renewable energy organized by Switch PH, a nationwide campaign advocating for renewables, at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus, Thursday, June 29, Lopez ended her presentation with her signature version of R. Kelly's popular song "I Believe I Can Fly," but not before she encouraged the crowd of mostly university students and green advocates to join her in a rendition of "Sing for the Climate."

A quick search online showed the song started in Belgium in 2012 where more than 180 Belgian cities and communities sang the song "Do it Now," urging politicians to come up with more concrete measures to address climate change.

Lopez has been criticized in the past for her eccentric approach to addressing environmental issues when she served as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

A video of her singing the R. Kelly ditty at the end of her speech went viral in social media in the past.

She also sang the song at a press conference after the Commission on Appointments rejected her on May.

But the history of the "Sing for the Climate" is a test of how music can mobilize public support. And Lopez, in Thursday's event, intends to bring her green economy advocacy to another level by using music.

"We will sing this first because I want that we also do this in the future," Lopez said before playing the video clip.

"Sing for the Climate," according to the description box in the video clip, dates back to 2008 when a group of environment advocates, artists, film industry professionals created a video clip titled "The Big Ask."

It was an offshoot of a strong criticism against politicians "who are happy to speak about the issue, but their promises have often turned out to be just a load more hot air."

The video was participated by more than 6,000 people and recorded at Ostende in the Belgian coast.

In the "Sing for the Climate" video clip, organizers appeal to groups and organizations to make its own local version of the campaign.

Here are the lyrics of the song:

We need to wake up
We need to wise up
We need to open our eyes
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

We’re on a planet
That has a problem
We’ve got to solve it, get involved
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

Make it greener
Make it cleaner
Make it last, make it fast
and do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now

No point in waiting
Or hesitating
We must get wise, take no more lies
And do it now now now
We need to build a better future
And we need to start right now.

(SunStar Philippines)

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