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

Writing by Ruby Jones // Artwork by Freya Bennett // Ruby is here with her monthly playlist – featuring incredible tunes all about the environment, climate change, and the power we have to combat it.

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

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 editor from Dja Dja Wurrung Country who loves grey days, libraries and dandelion tea. You can follow her on Instagram @freya___bennett

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