Sometimes, to make a real impact, you need to punch where it hurts. And that’s precisely what Paul Kelly has just done to Australia. His latest musical release, Sleep Australia Sleep, is seen as a scathing criticism of our government’s climate change inaction and a wake-up call, if ever one was written.
Yet the lyrics, poignant and painful, should also tug at the heart of everyday Aussies – collectively, Kelly hints, we seem to have nestled ourselves into a false sense of superiority over Mother Nature. We sleep whilst our country burns, our rivers pollute and forests are consumed.
Are we really sleep-walking through the irreversible damage of our country…and our planet? Kelly certainly thinks that’s where we’re headed and it’s near-impossible to disagree with the impassioned singer-songwriter.
“Sleep, Australia, Sleep’ is a lament in the form of a lullaby. Paradoxically, it can also be heard as a wakeup call – a critique of the widespread attitude amongst humans that we are the most important life form on the planet. I believe we’ve reached a tipping point now where this attitude is doing terrible harm to all life on earth.”Paul Kelly to the SMH, 31 January 2020.
Taking on such a tough and critical topic is nothing new for Kelly, having already touched on sensitive subjects like refugee camps and indigenous rights in years past. Yet it’s his deep-seated love of our planet that has taken the revered singer-songwriter on a new professional path, one that has aligned with our own values here, at Chimu Adventures.
The official video, directed by Siân Darling, is out today, featuring images of the glory and ruin of the natural world as well as human efforts to protect it. Much of the footage was kindly provided by conservation organisations.
As officially announced last September, Paul Kelly will be joining us in Antarctica on our much-anticipated Songs in the South with Paul Kelly Expedition, which is set to depart Ushuaia, at the southernmost tip of South America, on the 11th of March 2021.
Visit Antarctica with Paul Kelly in 2021
Our 21-day voyage to arguably the most magnificent and endangered continent on earth is set to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with Kelly serving up three outstanding performances as our very special guest.
Leaving no stone unturned and delivering an intense and immersive wilderness experience, our Songs in the South journey will include visits to the most remarkable Antarctic destinations of all: not only the Antarctic Peninsula itself but also the South Shetlands, the Falklands and South Georgia.
Combined, these hubs host the single-largest concentration of Antarctic wildlife in the whole region, and you can visit them at a time when the yearly migration of whales (humpbacks in particular) reaches its peak.
This incredible adventure to the White Continent, like all Antarctic expeditions, will only partly be about wildlife, majestic though it may be. Antarctica is, right now, facing its most critical environmental tipping point: temperatures are going up, every single year; ice is melting at a head-spinning rate and the continent, one of the last true unspoilt frontiers on our planet, continues to bear the brunt of every environmental decision (or lack thereof) we’ve ever made. A journey to Antarctica is as much about environmental awareness as it is about animals and adventure. It’s the truest wake-up call there is and that’s why these expeditions are renowned for turning even the most unaffected explorer into an environmental warrior.
When you experience Antarctica, you will love it – and when you love it, you will do your utmost to protect it.
In March 2021, we’re taking an artist who wants to change people to a destination we know changes people – a marriage of two extreme forces of nature that’s bound to result in a soul-stirring experience. What’s more, the trip will also double as a fundraising event that’ll benefit a charity of Kelly’s choosing, to be confirmed shortly.
“Paul shares many of our concerns about the environment and climate change. We think his extraordinary storytelling abilities through music and verse will add an incredible dimension to this departure. Paul is one of Australia’s most accomplished singer/songwriters with a presence that has spanned decades. It is an honour to take an Australian legend with us on this ultimate adventure.”Greg Carter – co-founder of Chimu Adventures
Is Paul Kelly playing the most unique gig ever?
Why won’t you join us and find out…
Contact us if you’d love to know more about this exclusive journey to the southernmost continent on earth, accompanied by one of Australia’s most iconic artists. Perhaps, together, we can all wake up and bring about the change this irreplaceable planet of ours needs.