Climate change

Cambodian Rap Song Urges Action Over Climate Change

A new Cambodian rap has hit the airwaves and is urging Cambodians to unite and play their part in tackling climate change.
“It’s hot and dry almost every season, crops and rice are being harmed." Picture: UNICEF
“It’s hot and dry almost every season, crops and rice are being harmed." Picture: UNICEF

“It’s hot and dry almost every season, crops and rice are being harmed,” are the hard-hitting words of a new rap song released last week that throws the spotlight on the global climate crisis and aims to unite Cambodians to protect the environment.

“It’s hard to withstand - even wildlife is starting to disappear,” continues the lyrics of 21-year-old rapper Sang Sok Serey and climate change campaigner Sonita Chin, in collaboration with hip hop NGO Tiny Toones.

The innovative anthem “Climate” premiered on radios and social media channels across Cambodia on Saturday, said UNICEF. The organization is currently running its Generation Future project, which connects youth with ideas for social change.

The song has been launched through Smart’s Pleng music service and will be broadcast on radio stations countrywide, including Phnom Penh, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Battambang and Pursat. It will reach almost 250,000 young people aged 15 to 24. A video will also launch online through UNICEF’s social media channels and YouTube.

“The aim is to reach a mass audience of urban and rural Cambodians with the song’s message about the impact of climate change and the practical actions everyone can take to reduce that impact,” UNICEF said in a statement.

Cambodia is in the top third of countries where children are most vulnerable to climate change, according to UNICEF’s Children's Climate Risk Index. It ranks Cambodia as the 46th most vulnerable country.

“Climate change is a global issue, and it affects all of us since we all live on earth,” said Sonita, discussing the campaign. “We can’t wait to see people’s reactions and hope that after listening more people will get involved in taking climate action.”

Foroogh Foyouzat, representative for UNICEF in Cambodia, said the song has a powerful message and is a great testament to the important role young people are already playing in taking action against climate change.

“There is no doubt that children and young people will bear the brunt of the climate crisis. They will inherit this planet, so their voice truly matters,” Foroogh said.

The lyrics say that we sit on the brink of extreme climate change and urges people to plant trees and reduce their use of plastic and vehicle emissions as temperatures are slated to rise to unprecedented levels.

The rap continues to say climate change is triggering huge global issues, including storms, rain, floods, and animals losing their habitat.

“Biodiversity is essential, it’s hard to stop it all happening. The climate is hard to forecast, but we’re losing our forest and the goodness of nature.”