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Our Mission

To enable grassroots action for a healthy planet by cultivating the use of music as an educational tool.

Our Vision

A global community that stewards the Earth, in which the memorable, emotional, and unifying power of music contributes to the balance between humankind, nature, and society.

Planet Earth is home for all of us.

What We Do

Media Production

We collaborate with local musicians in local styles and languages to produce eco-minded songs and music videos for distribution through radio and TV, online, and throughout a network of dozens of local chapters, implementing partners, schools and extracurricular programs, and more!

Classroom Resources

We develop classroom materials to encourage fun, engaging and versatile eco-education for teachers in our program countries and around the world! 

Live Events & Workshops

We lead all sorts of live workshops, concerts and other events to benefit musicians, communities, schools and all people interested in the union of music with the environment. Some of our most successful events include songwriting workshops, eco-concerts and musical activations.

What it does

Environmental Education

Going further than raising awareness, we create opportunities for real education to take place to enable action for the planet and its people! Through musical storytelling, we are opening people’s minds to new facts and ideas, reinforcing prior learning, and creating conviction through music’s incomparable ability to tap into human emotion.

Rally Public and Political Will

Humanity has seen the role music played in taking on the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and more. History has been, and will continue to be shaped by its musicians. The Earth cannot speak for itself save for deadly disasters. It’s time to speak up for it, before it’s too late! The public and those in positions of power must be on the same page, we all have roles to play in protecting the Earth and each other.

Mobilize the Music Industry

The music industry has vast influence and resources that can be put to work for the planet. We intend to facilitate that realization worldwide. It’s time to make this responsibility known by the industry itself, and to make it easy for the music scene to take part in saving our planet and protecting its people!

How We Do It

Composition

Our skilled team of facilitators collaborates with artists all over the world to create something unique with a powerful message. We are also available for song commissions.

Recording

Whether using our own mobile studio or borrowing a personal or professional studio space, we have the chops to record, mix, and master a quality track.

Video

We specialize in music videos, interviews, web series, and documentary films!

Live Events

Collaborations with festivals like Bushfire and Rocking the Daisies have us excited to bring our inspired friends around the world! We’ve also thrown plenty of benefit concerts, and our founder Alex is available for public speaking, too!

MUSIC

EARTH

HUMANITY

THE ISSUES

What We Teach

Climate Change

Climate Change is by far the most significant environmental crisis we are facing, and it exacerbates the magnitude of all of the rest. The causes and effects can be noticed at a worldwide scale. According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index for 2015, seven of the ten countries most at risk from climate change are in Africa. The parts of Africa where CM is currently working are in semi-arid and arid regions, which when combined with widespread poverty will spell catastrophe if global warming isn’t stopped, and rural solutions and adaptations are spread widely. We broadcast our songs over national radio to reach thousands of people.

Erosion

In countries like Lesotho, which is expected to lose all of its arable topsoil by 2040, erosion is a deadly issue. Exacerbated by Climate Change, harsh droughts followed by massive significant rainfall spells doom for subsistence communities reliant on their topsoil to provide enough nutrition for their families. With music, we are spreading Conservation Agriculture ethics and techniques.

Overfishing

The spread of gill nets – and worse, mosquito nets – is depleting freshwater fisheries all over Africa. Mosquito nets are especially bad, catching every single fish to cross their path, including young fish which have never had a chance to breed and carry on their species. On top of this, as one country depletes its own fishery, another sees a chance to profit and starts exporting its fish stock, which is hastening the problem exponentially. If the ethics of sustainable fishing aren’t spread, it will spell disaster for thousands of people.

Poaching

Poaching is a difficult beast to bring down. Massive foreign syndicates extort innocent people to poach for them or face gruesome consequences in their village. Extreme poverty and desperation leads some to join the poaching black market voluntarily. To those working in the poaching arena, the truth is clear: there will be no end to poaching without enlisting the help of communities. We have already been approached to write a song encouraging anti-poaching ethics, accountability, and participation by rural villagers. Poaching must end, before it is too late.

Deforestation

No matter what the regional climate may be, losing forests is bad for everyone. For rural villagers, it means walking further and further for cooking fuel and building material. For wildlife it means habitat and biodiversity loss. And on a global scale, it means the loss of crucial carbon sequestration to mitigate global warming. Sustainable forestry must be universal. We’ve already done one tree planting song with our friends in Zambia, and we look forward to doing more, as well as spreading seeds about Farmer Managed Natural Regrowth, which you can learn about by clicking the button below.

Desertification

Linked to deforestation and hastened by Climate Change, desertification is affecting many hundreds of communities in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. To push back expanding deserts, sustainable forestry is crucial. New trees must be planted, and old trees must be tended to encourage regrowth.

Littering

Littering in the developing world can be staggering. Plastic bottles and bags, tattered clothes and unsalvageable shoes, bits of metal and rusted machinery are strewn about the roads almost everywhere. This waste can carry dangerous germs and disease, can kill both livestock and wildlife, and it will eventually make it to rivers and oceans where it will carry on torturing and toxifying animals that we may one day eat. It also contributes to ocean acidification, which is killing our reefs and destroying the ocean’s ability to absorb excess heat from the atmosphere. It may seem small, but as a whole, the repercussions of litter are global, and it must be stopped.

Burning

In countries such as Angola and Zambia, slash-and-burn agriculture and charcoal production are exacerbated more by persistent burning of the landscape. Vast swaths of grasssland and forest are burned every year, killing hundreds of animals or leading them to death by a poacher’s rifle. Large amounts of carbon are released into the atmosphere, and erosion goes entirely unmitigated as root systems fail after years and years of burning. This leads rivers to siltify, and nutrients to be leached from their landscapes forever.

Wildlife Conflict

From a traditional fear bordering on hatred of reptiles to animosity towards elephants and lions, there are significant issues with how many rural people view the wildlife surrounding them. While it must be acknowledged and respected that these people can and do lose life-sustaining croplands and livestock to animals. We hope to write songs that encourage a balanced perspective on wildlife both big and small, and spread the word about the most effective wildlife mitigation methods known for megafauna management.

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Meet the Musicians

Our Conservation Ambassadors
Annie Stokes
Fairfax, Virginia
Banda Progresso
Menongue, Angola
BeatHaven
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Chuma Mcgoyi
Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi
Harare, Zimbabwe
Faith Mussa
Lilongwe, Malawi
Gaone Ranthloiwa
Gaborone, Botswana
Gershan Lombard: KhoisanBoy.Man
Cape Town, South Africa
Haikuu
Pretoria, South Africa
HT Tautona
Maun, Botswana
Jack Mantis
Cape Town, South Africa
James Sakala
Lusaka, Zambia
Joka Katele
Livingstone, Zambia
KBG
Lilongwe, Malawi
Kim of Diamonds
Lilongwe, Malawi
Leshie Lovesong
Gaborone, Botswana
Lucky Stone
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Maureen Lilanda
Lusaka, Zambia
Morena Leraba
Maseru, Lesotho
Mosi Oa Tunya Band
Livingstone, Zambia
Msafiri Zawose
Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Nana Paul
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
One The Incredible
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Pitso Rah Makhula
Maseru, Lesotho
Pompi
Lusaka, Zambia
Sangie
Lilongwe, Malawi
Sereetsi and the Natives
Gaborone, Botswana
Shaps Mutambo
Kafue, Zambia
Shubert Mwarabu
Iringa, Tanzania
Siti and the Band
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Sotho Sounds
Malealea, Lesotho
Stiger Sola
Maun, Botswana
Suffix
Lilongwe, Malawi
Sunrizen
Richmond, Virginia
Thabiso Thabethe
Pretoria, South Africa
Theresa Ng’ambi
Theresa Ng'ambi
Tribute “Birdie” Mboweni
Pretoria, South Africa
Yes Rasta!
Livingstone, Zambia

Meet the Team

Our Volunteers With a Vision
  • Alex Paullin

    Founder, Chief Executive Officer

    Alex Paullin is a lifelong musician with a degree in Geographic Science and a wide breadth of additional environmental education. He is a talented composer and producer of both audio and video alike, able to direct a project from start to finish and fill any role that’s necessary in the field or in the studio. His travel and field experience with National Geographic serve him well as he chases his dream of sustainable development through music. Learn more…

  • Charlie Ross

    Blog & Newsletter Manager

    After returning from life in the deep jungles of Costa Rica and Belize, geographer, environmental activist, and writer Charlie was ready to jump onboard another adventure. While the field team is blazing through the bush of Africa to find our next project, Charlie will be relaying updates to the blog. With his deep passion for travel and learning about global creative arts, Charlie has found a new home at CM.

  • Matthew Merritt

    Outreach Manager

    Matt is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served as a Primary English Teacher in Lesotho. Having grown up in Richmond, Virginia in the USA, attended James Madison University, and lived in Lesotho, all at the same time as Alex, his intertwined path seemed destined to find its way into the CM family. He is an asset to have onboard as an incredibly bright and dedicated advocate of our mission and vision.

  • Reekelitsoe Molapo

    Co-founder, Conservation Music Lesotho

    Reekelitsoe Molapo is an entrepreneur and a student. She’s versatile and multi-skilled; with training in research, entrepreneurship and African studies. She has worked and volunteered with organisations like Better SA, Global Business Roundtable, World Vision, US Embassy and EU Maseru; which equipped her with organisational, management, interpersonal and problem solving skills. She believes in sustainability and is currently working on environmental projects within her company.

  • Sam Mazaka

    Co-founder, Conservation Music Zambia

    Sam Mazaka is co-founder of Conservation Music Zambia (CMZM). His leadership experience as Zambia Open University’s Student Union President, and the discipline he’s gained in his years in the Zambian army, serve him well as he helps to spearhead one of CM’s most promising local chapters.

  • Shubert Mwarabu

    Co-founder, Conservation Music Tanzania

    Shubert began using music for wildlife conservation the same year Conservation Music started its journey. A true kindred spirit of ours, Shubert is an activist, an artist, and an organizer rolled into one effective individual. Conservation Music is very excited to have him onboard as co-founder of the incredibly promising Conservation Music Tanzania.

  • Zinja Gaveta

    Co-founder, Conservation Music Malawi

    Zinja is the enthusiastic leader of an extremely effective team of professionals building Conservation Music Malawi from the ground up. The positive energy and hard skillset of the Malawi chapter is not to be underestimated! Stay tuned for more music and programs from Malawi.

Our Collaborators

Together We Rise. Join Us!

We’re all in this together. Collaboration is essential in improving our relations with the Earth and with each other! The above organizations have supported or planned projects with Conservation Music, directly or otherwise, along the way. We welcome opportunities to work together, so please get in touch!

Testimonials

  • I have heard many English songs on conservation and environmental awareness which did stir up emotions within me. But, listening to one in my own tongue is a totally different feeling. I felt I could resonate with the message and it really touched my heart. It was also worth noting that there were so many languages on it, about five I think; all coming from different part of Zambia. I am so excited that such a message can reach the Zambians not fortunate enough to get educated and learn a foreign language.

    Fortune Manda
    Student, Zambia
  • Having collaborated with Conservation Music I have personally seen the positive impact of their work on the ground. A unique concept in environmental education and awareness that inspires and energizes local communities to take action. On top of that we’re also gifted with original music!

    Danny Lurie
    Founder & Filmmaker, Hillside Digital Trust, Lesotho
  • An excellent initiative! Music is one powerful tool that speaks to our need as humans to connect. And it can only be a cause as big as life itself when people and artists connect to save the planet – that’s Conservation Cusic.

    Tomeletso Sereetsi
    Musician & Celebrity, Botswana

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