Elegy For the Arctic

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Fires are raging, temps are soaring, ice is melting. In a bid to raise awareness of the singular "purity and fragility" of the rapidly-melting Arctic ice - and in support of a campaign that's drawn eight million signatures calling for its protection -  Greenpeace has released a haunting video of renowned Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi performing before Norway's Wahlenbergbreen glacier, cracking and groaning even as he plays. The performance by Einaudi, who traveled with Greenpeace on their ship Arctic Sunrise and played on a floating wooden platform among the ice floes, featured his melancholy composition, "Elegy for the Arctic." It was timed to coincide with this week's meeting in Spain of the OSPAR Commission, where nations of the northeastern Atlantic will vote on a proposal to safeguard 10% of the Arctic Ocean from oil drilling, over-fishing and other human ills rapidly encroaching on it. Just 10%. Something, it seems, is better than nothing. To those who can't even abide that much unmolested beauty, Greenpeace argues, "Those who would risk the Arctic should not be heard over those calling to protect what we love, not over Ludovico's music, not over the piano and the glacier, not over eight million voices."


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