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Green Media Studies

Eco-Video

Below, we collect and selectively annotate a short list of video clips with eco-critical aspects, which we refer to in our research and teaching.


Earth Song  (1995)

“Earth Song” is a song by American singer Michael Jackson from his ninth studio album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. It was released on November 27, 1995 as the third single from the album. It is a ballad that incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long history of releasing socially conscious material such as “We Are the World”, “Man in the Mirror” and “Heal the World”. However, “Earth Song” was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare. “Earth Song” was made for the Dangerous album but it failed to make the final cut. The song was written by Jackson and produced by Jackson, David Foster and Bill Bottrell. “Earth Song” was accompanied by a lavish music video shot in four geographical regions. The video centered on the destruction and rebirth of Earth and went on to receive a Grammy nomination in 1997.


Earth (2019)

“Earth” is a song by American rapper Lil Dicky. It was released on April 19, 2019, three days prior to Earth Day. All proceeds from the song will be donated to different environmental charities after collaboration with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. On April 19, 2019, Dicky took to Twitter to announce the release of a new song the following week. Some of the lyrics are references to the artists portraying them, such as Ariana Grande portraying a zebra (“Am I white or black”, referencing her controversies surrounding cultural appropriation), Zac Brown playing a cow (referencing the country stereotype of cowboys), Snoop Dogg playing a marijuana plant (referencing his habit of marijuana use), Sia playing a kangaroo (referencing her Australian heritage), among many others.