AUSTRALIA – The opening scene of Montaigne’s film clip of her 2019 single Ready is a slam poem recited and written by School Strike for Climate Activist Fergus Clarkson.
It’s jarring in its urgency, setting the tone for an uplifting anthem-style call to arms to address the climate crisis.
It’s the kind of anthem the organizers of the inaugural Environmental Music Prize, which launches today, hope to uncover, with the view of encouraging talented artists to create powerful music, to bring inspiring messages of climate injustice to new audiences.
i'm now ambassador for the incipient Environmental Music Prize! here's a little interview on my experience of being an artist and an intersectional environmentalisthttps://t.co/0OX07fsnVC
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) September 3, 2021
Montaigne, whose debut album Glorious Heights made it to number four on the ARIA charts in 2016, earning her an ARIA for “best-emerging artist”, was 15 when she first became aware of climate change and can pinpoint her “point of no return” when her science teacher played her class an episode of The Tipping Point, a show about how little things can make a difference.
The Melbourne-based artist, and Green Music Australia patron, whose real name is Jess Cerro, has actively campaigned for climate justice and social issues ever since, her passion for both music and the environment is undeniable in every aspect of her life.