RUBY’S MONTHLY PLAYLIST: ‘Flower power’ – songs that celebrate activism and the environment

Dear readers,

Making art on the edge of an ecological collapse can feel like a wildly futile exercise, I liken it the band who played on the deck of the Titanic while it slowly sank into the Atlantic. But then I remember that music and art inspire us to go on, to fight on against all odds. Music creates connection, action and community which I believe we need more than ever. Here is a collection of my favourite environmentalist anthems. I hope they embolden and encourage you to go out into the world and do something good, tell a friend you love them, plant a tree, volunteer to clean up your local park, ride a bike, write to your member for parliament, write a song, go to a protest or pet a cat. Everything helps and it all matters. The revolution might not be televised, but it will be soundtracked.

Love Ruby

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Ruby Jones

Ruby Jones is a feminist, musician and writer from Melbourne. She has toured the world as a vocalist and as a result probably owns a souvenir coffee mug from your hometown. When she’s not making mixtapes she can be found singing and playing tambourine in her band, volunteering at Girls Rock Melbourne or re-watching Twin Peaks. Find her over at @rubyjonesband. [Photo credit Lilli Waters]

Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the Co-Founder and Director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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