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The best songs about sustainability

8 songs about sustainability & environmental protection that will motivate you

Are you looking for inspiring and motivating Songs about sustainability? Then you are in the right place! Let's be honest: everyone sometimes has the feeling that their own, everyday actions are just a drop in the bucket. Music can motivate and inspire you in no time - no matter if it's songs about environmental protection, crimes against animals or the ignorance of politics. That's why I would like to give you a few songs that deal with the topic of sustainability in different ways.

As we all know, tastes are different - and that also applies to music. Whether rap, pop, German or English - there should be something for everyone among these environmental protection songs. Have fun!

Notice: Feel free to post a comment if you have more songs about sustainability that shouldn't be missing here.

Mountains - 10,000 tears

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The band Mountains has with 10.000 tears celebrated a real viral success. Simply because they sum up the opinion of millions of people in their song. Above all, they refer to the fact that politicians only act in their own interests and not in the interests of the environment. Or rather, that they don't act at all, but watch as the world goes to ruin.

Text passage:

Since you know that we are silent
and bow to the facts
you consider us the easiest way
to feel a little stronger
and rule nature
in your narrow and humble world
we watch you helplessly

Stop it already, because otherwise we will go to ruin
every moment hurts infinitely
and even if the world cries 10,000 tears
you don't care, you don't want to see it and let it happen

Kontra K - Eyes closed

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Actually, I listen to the motivational songs of Contra K rather during sports sessions, but in Eyes closed he also refers to political decision-makers, among others, Animal testing, the Species extinction or the Plastic waste in the environment. He points out that we should always go through life with open eyes and not take all things for granted.

Text passage:

A bird dead in front of the window
A poor dog with three legs (everything will be fine)
The expensive Benz has 'n flat tire
Your new boss a quirk
His wife has another, but you get the clap (everything will be fine)


Grandpas collecting deposit bottles
The seas full of the plastic
And rats climb out of your toilet (everything will be fine)
Soldiers fire on command into the peaceful crowd
And we simply test drugs on monkeys
We kill whole races
And politicians shoot selfies on killed elephants
Believe them everything will be fine


Also with eyes closed
Shit still remains shit
Air and love unfortunately feeds no one
Also with eyes closed
Are we still driving at full throttle against the wall
But the impact remains the same

Sido feat. Johannes Oerding - Pyramids

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This song by Sido and Johannes Oerding is therefore a song about sustainability, because it is about us focusing again on the things that are human and above all eternal. A cool song that hopefully opens many eyes.

Text passage:

We all want to make a big impact to leave something behind
But because we are greedy, we create only computers and weapons
We buy expensive clothes instead of just shoes that fit
We toast to freedom, but have blood in our cups
Unfortunately, we do not care about what endangers our future
And the future of the earth? That's okay, it's just our heritage
Because everything bad is so close and everything good is so far away
Let's go and find a refuge with a flight to the stars

We have to bite the bullet, tear down and make new
So that we see, it still goes further, away from the blinkers
Come on, let's create something big, even if it's not visible
Something that remains forever (forever remains), forever and forever

We only have to believe
We take the shards and the sparks that were left to us
Because from this we can build something
Which is even more impressive than these pyramids
Maybe you will find a little light
In all the rubble that lies scattered at your feet
From this we can build something
That outlasts us all like the pyramids

Michael Jackson - Earth Song

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The Earth Song from Michael Jackson is certainly one of the world's best-known songs about sustainability. In his song, the King of Pop refers, among other things, to the DeforestationThe destruction of the seas, wars and bloodshed. He appeals to all to pause to perceive how badly the earth is doing.

Text passage:

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things that you said
We were to gain
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said were yours and mine

Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we've shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying Earth, these weeping shores

Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise

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Phil Collins is simply one of the greatest musicians of our time. Another Day In Paradise is intended above all to shake up the people who are doing well. Among other things, the song is about homelessness and helplessness on the one hand and respect and helpfulness on the other. In my opinion, these values also go hand in hand with sustainability.

Text passage:

She calls out to the man on the street
'Sir, can you help me?
It's cold and I've nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?

He walks on, doesn't look back
He pretends he can't hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, it's another day for you and me in paradise
Oh think twice, 'cause it's just another day for you,
You and me in paradise, think about it

Flaeks & Flo Hillen - 1 Billion

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This song about sustainability refers mainly to the renunciation of meat and our consumer behavior in general. Flaeks and Flo Hillen specifically address the fact that we perceive grievances in our society, but do not take the next step to solve them. You can also learn more in the article Become a vegetarian and Connection between nutrition and the climate.

Text passage:

While children starve
Although we perceive it
But just do not wonder anymore
Killing goes against all our ideals
But storm into the McDonalds branch in a frenzy
I hear them scream and die en masse
How to dazzle us with posters and laughing animals

We suspect what we do
The beginning of the end always our consumption
And we are all to blame for the suffering
Even if we do not cut the throat ourselves

You alone are able to
To decide how far we go
Do you know a billion
But the rest of the world stops
See the end of their days
The rest of the world stops
Even for a billion
But time is slowly running out

Prophets of Rage - Unf**k The World

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This song comes along a bit harder, but of course also refers to similar topics from the field of sustainability. Prophets of Rage speak above all racism, hatred, poverty and demand that we all stand up for the real values in our society.

Text passage:

No hatred
Fuck racists
Blank faces
Time's changin
One nation
Unification
The vibration
Unf**k the world!

Poverty hit home like a war zone
Check America's pulse, heard a death tone
Division hitting like a bullet to precision
Kill the dream, kill the vision, now listen
What the fuck are you waiting for?
Stand up and rise like the tide
And move your ass with the quickness
You may live on the hit list

Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror

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In this world-famous song about sustainability sings Michael Jackson especially about changing yourself in a positive way. On the one hand, by opening one's eyes to problems such as Famine or poverty and on the other hand by questioning one's own behavior and doing the right thing.

Text passage:

As I, turn up the collar on
My favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard, a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
(If you want to make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na, na nah)

The best songs about sustainability

Sometimes, just one song is enough to turn the focus fully back to sustainable behavior. It doesn't matter whether the musician or the band is dealing with Environmental issues or their solutions.

Was there a cool song for you? Do you have any other songs I should add to the list? Then feel free to leave a comment below this post.

Stay sustainable,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS: You know some songs about environmental protection and sustainability now. Are you still missing some documentaries and books? Then take a look at the articles Books about sustainability and Sustainability documentaries in. Have fun!

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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