Need for a Common Earth Anthem

I would like to begin with these words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery- "In this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together," and share with you the need for a common global symbol that can unite people across the world transcending the traditional notion of race and nationalities. Ancient Indian wisdom of ´Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam´ and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi can possibly guide us on this path.

 Wherever we come from, we all have one entity in common - our planet, our Earth. A tribute to her in form of an anthem, therefore, should be able to find support from people of all continents.

Such an anthem will not only connect all of us across the world through a common musical thread but will also inspire the next generation to put the planet before themselves. An Earth Anthem fits well at all levels, from the local to the global. School children can begin the day by singing an Earth Anthem, national governments can play it whenever they play their national anthems and the United Nations General Assembly can begin its session by singing of an Earth Anthem. Rio Olympics can begin and end with singing of an Earth Anthem.

 We, as a species, have travelled a long distance from caves to the UN. The world has become a village of 193 households, which interact with each other through trade, diplomacy and war. They can certainly come together to sing a song praising the beauty, diversity and glory of the one planet that hosts and nurtures them all. As individuals, we have a direct relationship with our planet from the cradle to the grave. It is every individual’s responsibility to pay tribute to the Earth. What could be a better way than to sing an Earth Anthem together?

 Inspired by this ideal, I had penned an Earth Anthem in 2008. It has been translated into 26 widely spoken global languages so far covering 95 % of humanity. It is used by thousands of schools worldwide to celebrate Earth Day and World Environment Day. 

 The idea of an official Earth Anthem has been gathering momentum. It has been hailed as ‘an inspiring thought that would contribute bringing the world together’ by UNESCO. India’s Central Board of Secondary Education has put Earth Anthem on its website for the use of thousands of schools affiliated to it.

 Dada Saheb Phalke award winner Shyam Benegal, Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, Hollywood actor Robert Lin, singing nun and Unicef goodwill ambassador Ani Choying Drolma and CNN Hero Pushpa Basnet have all batted for the idea of an official Earth Anthem. US Consul General Jennifer McIntyre called the Earth Anthem in eight global languages a significant contribution to Earth Day celebrations and termed it a truly Earth Anthem.


Earth Anthem