Growing Up Green.
Pamela Sunshine (aka Pamela Southwell) has been providing entertainment to children for many years. She started off as a teacher singing to her students and began writing songs in 1986. Since then she has done four recordings and can be found performing her music in England and Canada. The CD the kids and I had the pleasure of reviewing, Growing Up Green has some interesting background that I felt was important and wanted to share. Here it is, in Pamela's words, from her website...
In 1992, more than 100 heads of state met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the first international Earth Summit convened to address urgent problems of environmental protection and socio-economic development.
At the time of the Brazil Earth Summit I was teaching in England I was invited to write some songs for a multi school environmental event in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. While sitting in a classroom waiting for the morning assembly, at which I had been asked to perform a few songs, the teacher took morning attendance.
I noticed that all the children, 5 and year olds, were wearing badges saying 'Growing Up Green'.
"I wonder if they even know what that means?" I thought as I sat there observing them. Then the song came to me, and I quickly scribbled it down.
I sang the song at the assembly and the children caught on to the chorus straight away, "Growin Up Green means I care." I had already written several songs for the project and decided to record them. It was released in the good old cassette tape format and I feel much of the sound quality suffered as it was digitalised for CD production. I also want to update the arrangements of some of the songs as my dream is to get this CD heard by as many children as possible.
I know just why the children caught onto the chorus of this song...it IS catchy and fun. To be honest, as I sit here and type, I have this song stuck right in my head and that is a good thing! Growing Up Green is just one of the great songs on this environmentally friendly CD from Pamela Sunshine. Here are the others...
On Your Bike
Garbage Free Sea
Turn Off The Tap
Ten Empty Pop Cans
Sun and Rain
Home Sweet Home
The Walking Song
Very Green Song
As you can probably tell from the titles, the songs are all very earth friendly and help to teach kids to care for the world around them. The catchy lyrics and fun verses had me and the boys singing right along. Ten Empty Pop cans is a big favorite with my boys and it makes for a fun counting song. I just really love how the songs send important messages in ways children can understand and relate to. In Get on Your Bike, Pamela sings "if you are not going very far get on your bike" and in Turn off the Tap she sings "if we leave the water running we'll be running out of water". These songs have stemmed some really great conversations between me and the boys about our footprint on the world around us.
I love this CD. It now resides in my car CD player and is in permanent rotation. Big thumbs up to Pamela Sunshine for her positive message sung in delightful songs for children (and their parents!). You can purchase Growing Up Green here on Pamela's website.
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