Australian women are taking their ‘anthem for climate action and hope’ all the way to the UN’s Paris summit.

Four of Australia’s leading women singers have resurrected a1980s hit song popularised by comeback rock star John Farnham, and their powerful video clip will be played at the global climate change summit in Paris next month.

You’re the Voice – featuring the lyrics ‘we’re not going to sit in silence, we’re not going to live in fear’ – has been repurposed as a global anthem for climate action and hope as the world seeks a new treaty to prevent dangerous global warming.

The #IMTHEVOICE campaign – a year in the making – is using the positive emotional power of music to inspire people.

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The team behind it is led by 1 Million Women*, the Australian-based mass movement of women and girls who take action on climate change in their daily lives, in collaboration with Creative Director and Photographer, Andreas Smetana who came up with the idea of this project, and Music Producer Ken Francis. Smetana’s 6-year-old daughter Louie is a starring voice in the video clip, delivering a compelling call to action from her young generation.

The Australian celebrity quartet of lead singers are solo artist Deni Hines, country performer and ‘Doris Day cover act’ Melinda Schneider, soulful popular songster Wendy Matthews, and Aboriginal singer and actor Ursula Yovich, with a cameo appearance by film and TV star Claudia Karvan.

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The music video, which is further populated by beautifully diverse women and girls of all ages and backgrounds, generates a sense of optimism for today’s and future generations that has surrounded the forthcoming Paris Climate Conference (COP21) – which runs November 30 to December 11.

This musical celebration for climate action and hope is being released in Sydney today (November 25th Australian Eastern Summer Time) for global distribution as both a video clip and an audio track downloadable from CD Baby, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Shazam.

1 Million Women founder Natalie Isaacs is travelling to Paris to present You’re the Voice at the UN climate summit’s high-profile Gender Day on December 8th, a few days before the landmark conference wraps up.

Check out the video below and listen to Unsigned Project for an interview with Bronte Hogarth of 1 Million Women. Head to 1 Million Women to find out more.


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As program manager and host of Soul Traveller Radio, Shayne's intention is to bring about change through his love of independent and conscious music. With a background in IT and media marketing, Shayne also runs ST Media - Positively Digital - - which helps artists and companies with media and marketing.