Macedon Ranges’ Sage Roadknight’s call for climate action through her music has seen her shortlisted for the Environmental Music Prize alongside music giants.
The 16-year-old penned her song, Voices, in reaction to the Australian government’s response to climate change issues and activism.
“I am calling out those in charge, leaders who value capitalism over a sustainable future, who discourage and dismiss those who dare to strive for a clean planet,” she said.
“This song is a call to action, as well as casting a light upon the toxicity of ageism as felt by every student rallying for climate change action. This is a race and the time is now.”
Sage’s song, with her unique ‘futuristic folk’ sound, was one of 24 selected from more than 200 entries for the inaugural $20,000 prize.
She was shortlisted alongside music legends Paul Kelly and Eskimo Joe.
The music prize is one of the first to celebrate artists inspiring action on climate change and conservation.
Voting is now open to the public until midnight on May 15.
The public will be invited to watch each music video, vote for their three favourite songs and build a playlist.
Environmental Music Prize founder, Edwina Floch said the incredible calibre of finalists highlighted the passion our country has for the planet.
“By focusing the creative genius of many songwriters, singers, musicians and content creators on environmental issues, and by partnering with aligned organisations and community groups, we hope to propel a few climate anthems into the mainstream and empower a diverse group of artists to activate their audiences.”
An impressive list of Impact Partners are backing this prize and will promote the songs and artists.
They include: Green Music Australia, Greenpeace Australia, Wilderness Society, Ocean Impact Organisation, Australian Youth Climate Coalition and World Wildlife Fund.