we watch it burn [Chamber Ensemble & Electronics]
Large Chamber Ensemble & Live Electronics
[Fl.(=B.Fl), Cl. (=B.Cl), Tpt, Perc (BD, Tom, Vib, Sus.Cym), Hp, Pno / Synth, 2 Vln, Vla, Vcl, Db.]
"I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is."
- Greta Thunberg, January 2019
We sit behind our screens, we watch these devastating events occur half a world away from our own, and we can forget that our comfortable lives - the way that we live - has a direct impact on the world around us. The desire for cheap palm oil causing massive deforestation in the South American rainforests, our single-use plastic bottles causing our oceans to be filled with microplastics, our desire for fast and cheap travel impacting our planet and causing huge changes to our earth’s atmosphere.
We experience that anger, that compassion for those affected by climate change around the world. But compassion fatigue can often set in, and whilst the horror remains, there is a danger that we can grow accustomed to the events unfolding us. Our world is actually on fire. We are watching it burn.