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. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who loves dreary grey days, libraries and coffee.
With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed media. Ramona Magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality, kindness and a little bit of feminist rage. You can follow her @thecinnamonsociety

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