Sing the World Green was founded by Amy Sebesta Self in 2011. As an elementary music teacher, Amy found that the combination environmental music and hands-on service work was very powerful for the children. We offer singing and service opportunities through summer camps and community choirs, in which the children not only "talk the talk" but also "walk the walk." There are three main components of SWG:
1. Sing the World Green is children singing. Children singing about taking care of our planet. These songs teach how to engage in earth stewardship, for example, picking up litter or planting trees. The children rehearse and perform the music in a variety of venues. So, they are environmental ambassadors, educating the public about the state of the planet and how to help. We offer summer camps and community choir opportunities.
2. Sing the World Green is children taking direct action. The children at our camps and community choirs not only sing about caring for the earth, they do hands-on work by partnering with local organizations to do service projects. For example, the kids may do anything from picking up litter, planting trees, helping thin an unhealthy forest, working at a recycle/compost station at a fun festival, picking vegetables from a community garden to avoid waste, building bat houses, pulling invasive weeds, etc. We have connections with many different types of organizations. The key for our project selection is that it must be fun, in a beautiful place, and meaningful. Children singing plus children taking action equals positive change!
3. Sing the World Green is music. SWG publishes educational environmental children's choral music. As a music teacher, I was frustrated by the lack of environmental children's choral music; sure there are a lot of songs about the beauty of the Earth, but I had a hard time finding songs about the issues. So I started composing my own songs! You can buy them on this website, or on Teachers Pay Teachers, an online marketplace of teaching resources. The songs are intended for music teachers, community choir directors, and anyone who works with children and is interested in our vision.