Sunday, 6 March 2011

Arctic Frontiers 2011: "Tipping Me Softly"

The conference ARCTIC FRONTIERS in Tromsø, January 2011, had the theme Arctic Tipping Points. I made a collage of word clouds for the introduction and coffee breaks at the conference and also a conference song, called "Tipping Me Softly", which you can see in the videos below.

"Tipping Me Softly" was sung here for the first time by my daughter Karolien on board the Norwegian coastal ferry M/S Midnatsol, taking students of the Young Scientist Forum from Tromsø to the Lofoten Islands -- there was no lighting on the stage, so the video (taken with a friend's iPhone) is rather dark, but the words can be heard clearly:

I am the Arctic beauty
Of land and ice and sea,
I lived for ages
When all was harmony.
But in just hundred years
I feel man coming closer...

Changing my state with pollution
Melting my ice burning coal
Tipping me softly to the point,
Tipping me softly to the point,
Turning my whole life to this state,
Tipping to this point of no return.

I felt all flushed with fever,
My climate turning warm,
I've never had so much heat
Since the earth was born!
I give you all my data,
And ask you to save me from...


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