Earth Promise: Why is EARTH HOUR so important to you and what do you want people to learn from it?
Yoko Ono: We are constantly creating more skyscrapers, when getting down to taking care of Earth is more important. Let’s return the skyline to the sky. Recall our love for Earthline.
EP: Many people may participate in EARTH HOUR, turn the lights out, feel good about themselves, and then go back to their old habits at on March 29th. What are some ways that we can make sure that this won’t happen and that something will stick?
YO: The memory of having participated in the ritual will always be part of us. The more we do, the better. It will start to “stick” as you say.
EP: What would John think about the state of planet today? How involved would he be in the environmental movement?
YO: He would, of course, be very much into environmental issues, as he has always been.
EP: Whenever there is cause that needs a solution, music is always a part of it. Yet unlike with war, there has not been very much pro-planet or pro-environment music. Why do you think this is?
YO: Music is so powerful, it needs no title to make it pro-environmental and pro-planetary. Music is already a very pro-environmental and pro-planetary media.
EP: How do you think that music make a difference in the green revolution?
YO: The vibration of music is green.
EP: Peace has always been a huge part of your life, work, music and art. How is environmental health tied to peace?
YO: The vibration of music and art crates physical and mental health, and peace.
EP: What changes, or Earth Promises as we call them, have you made in your lifestyle to be more green? Changes in home, travel, work, with your kids and community?
YO: I am just going with the flow. No intentional change was made.
EP: There are lots of people who fit into two eco groups – “think green”, meaning they know there is an environmental issue and they are concerned, but do not take any steps to help. Then there is the “act green” group who takes action and makes changes to help the environment. Getting people to move from the “think green” group to the “act green” group is the key. What steps can be taken to make this transfer happen?
YO: I say Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace and ask your friends to IMAGINE PEACE.
EP: New York City is going to be one of the main model green cities of the United States. How proud are you to be living in the city? What aspects have you personally seen in NYC that is green?
YO: People’s minds.
EP: Thank you. It has a true honor to have you involved in this series.
Yoko Ono is an artist, singer, songwriter, musician, filmmaker and peace activist who lives and works in New York City.