Ecology in Beatles Music

The United Nations have declared to the year 2010 to be the “International Year of Biodiversity”. Thanks to all the events that are being held on this occasion in Geneva, I now know that forests seem to harbour quite a bit of biodiversity.

The 1965 song “Norwegian Wood” by the Beatles shows how pop music can promote the careless overexploitation of the precious natural resource timber:

The unknown heroine of the song clearly is concerned about the environment: she keeps her furniture to a bear minimum by choosing to not own even one single chair and thus is a pioneer of the sustainable economic development movement. John Lennon, however, thoughtlessly emits unnecessary CO2 by inefficiently burning Norwegian Wood as soon as the eco-friendly girl is not keeping an eye on him.

Have a diverse week,