Welcome to Music & the Earth International! M&E is a multicultural, decolonial initiative which consists of academic, artistic and activist branches. Its mission is to support environmental awareness and healing through the practice and appreciation of world music. M&E focuses in particular on promoting environmental justice and wellbeing on islands.
M&E is guided by a planetary vision in which, through music, people can traverse persistent boundaries, heal from historical injustice, and connect to the ecosystems which support us all.
M&E is propelled by three goals: 1) to raise awareness about the needs of the biosphere; 2) to foster consciousness of the links between humanity and nature, which have been severed by anthropocentrism; and 3) to celebrate humanity’s cultural capacity to live sustainably, which can be reclaimed through the choices we make.
Music & the Earth's recent projects include: two albums of original music (Emerge and Wayfinder); a forthcoming book (To Dream Again: Island Environmentalism through Music); numerous popular and scholarly articles; invited talks on music and the environment in academic and popular contexts across the globe; and numerous multidisciplinary programs to promote climate activism in Puerto Rico and Washington, DC - including a one-of-its-kind forum for cross-cultural environmental solidarity called the Island Sessions.
Music & the Earth International has earned widespread international recognition for building vibrant, vital bridges between music and diverse forms of environmental thought and action.