Sting’s New Music Video Highlights Climate Change

Sting released a new music video in January for his song “One Fine Day,” which highlights challenges caused by climate change. The song warns humans of the dangers we pose to the planet, including melting polar ice caps, animals losing their ecosystems and changes in weather cycles. Sting is currently on tour to promote his new album “57th & 9th,” named for the intersection where his studio is located in New York City. As he travels, he is spreading awareness about climate change through his lyrics and has featured the song at recent concerts in Denver, New Orleans, Kansas City and Oklahoma City.

In “One Fine Day,” Sting outlines problems due to climate change and implores world leaders to take action. “Dear leaders, please do something quick,” sings Sting, while cartoon leaders in the music video play a game tug-of-war with Earth in the middle.

The music video was made through rotoscoping, a process in which animated pictures are overlaid on live action pictures. The colorful video shows a half-animated Sting performing while depictions of nature surround him like bodies of water, trees and birds. Snippets of the lyrics are also shown and are represented by stunning animation.  

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Sting’s new music video uses a process called rotoscoping (Source: Sting Fan Club/Facebook).

The video also shows some of the effects of climate change on glaciers, including a depiction of penguins and a polar bear on a floating iceberg. The song references the Northwest Passage which includes Devon Island, the largest uninhabited island in the world. It is home to the Devon Ice Cap, a feature with an area of 15,000 km² and a volume of 3,980 km3. From 1960 to 2000, the ice cap has decreased by 600 km² or 4 percent with the Belcher glacier calving up to 40 percent of the total volume in the icecap.

“Today the North West Passage just got found, Three penguins and a bear got drowned, The ice they lived on disappeared, Seems things are worse than some had feared,” sings Sting.

Sting performed the song on his “57th & 9th” tour which kicked off in Canada last month.

Sting’s fan club page on Facebook provides additional details. It reports that the video was directed by James Larese and “pays homage to Sting’s 1985 single and video for ‘Love Is the Seventh Wave,’ featured on his debut solo album ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles.’”

“It’s about searching and traveling, the road, that pull of the unknown,” Sting said about the new songs. “On this album, we ended up with something that’s energetic and noisy, but also thoughtful.”

In “One Fine Day,” Sting grows ideological over whether climate change exists, “Apologists say, The weather’s just a cycle we can’t change. Scientists say, We’ve pushed those cycles way beyond.”

“‘One Fine Day’ is my satire about climate skeptics,” Sting told ABC. “I sincerely and passionately hope that they are right and that the majority of scientists in the related fields of research are all full of baloney, and for that…perhaps we’ll all be grateful…one fine day!” 

Sting, who is 65 years old, won the international Polar Music Prize in January for his work during his storied music career which traverses multiple genres. “As a composer, Sting has combined classic pop with virtuoso musicianship and an openness to all genres and sounds from around the world,” reads the announcement on the prize’s website.

Even though Sting’s environmental influence was not the criteria in which he was chosen as the 2017 winner for the Swedish prize, his strong commitment to environmental issues was recognized by the award committee. “We do appreciate the way he is keenly alive to the environment around him,” Tanja Maata, a representative from the Polar Music Prize Award, told GlacierHub. “Be it a rainforest or culture, the environment is something that is most definitely recognized in his compositions and artistry.”

Sting, who speaks French, and who rose to fame as the frontman of The Police in the late 1970s, also wrote the song Inshallah” which is on the new album and is about the global refugee crisis from the point of view of a refugee. In November, Sting performed “One Fine Day” at the reopening of the Bataclan theater in Paris a year after the grisly attacks occurred. The one and a half hour concert also included his hits from The Police such as “Message in a Bottle” and “Roxanne,” which he wrote in Paris in 1978.

Sting cofounded the Rainforest Foundation Fund in 1989 with his wife, Trudie Styler. In addition, his humanitarian work ranges from Amnesty International to the charity group Band Aid, made up of notable artists. In addition, Sting was nominated four times for an Oscar and performed at the Oscars ceremony Sunday, playing his nominated song “The Empty Chair” from the documentary film Jim: The James Foley Story.

Hopefully, Sting is as successful in his environmental endeavors as he is in other areas of his work and life. His illustrious career seemingly knows no bounds and his work is still going full speed ahead.

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