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Love Song to the Earth features Batwa

IT’S BEEN SO HARD TO KEEP THIS SECRET - RSF recorded the Kalehe Batwa dancing and chanting and holding signs for this super cool and very important video with world-famous musicians and climate activists to promote the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris. It released yesterday – the Batwa are at the very end [after credits] dancing and singing. Thanks to my RSF staff member Kim for recording it.

From press release: "A chorus of superstar voices—including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Sean Paul, and Colbie Caillat—join forces on this inspirational pop anthem. All proceeds from each sale of the single featured on this page will be donated to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.”

“In addition to the song’s release, Executive Director Jerry Cope, has also produced and co-directed a “lyric video” premiering September 11, which will feature breathtaking film from around the world by award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, and footage of some of the artists, along with scientists, celebrities and people all over the world holding signs reading: “Keep it Safe,” “It’s Our World” and “Love Song to the Earth.”

The “cast” of the lyric video includes scientist and explorer Sylvia Earle; environmentalist and author Bill McKibben; “Love Song” performers Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, and Q’Orianka Kilcher; keyboardist Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band and Rolling Stones and founder of the Mother Nature Network (MNN); “Love Song” director Jerry Cope and his family; comedian Lewis Black; writer/producer Toby Gad and his family; Lyn Lear; UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall; and concludes with members of the Batwa Tribe in Uganda.

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