Undocumented Impacts (song): “Using less electricity means burning less masses, so with less CO2 there’s less greenhouse gases, never mind acid rain would lower with this mission, so let’s work together to cut carbon emissions …”

This past spring, the National Aquarium in Baltimore challenged local students to use theater, music, or art to communicate climate change and extreme weather impacts and solutions.

Top honors went to “Undocumented Impacts,” a rap song with a lyrical chorus that encourages people to save energy, and “Sorry Boston,” a song about climate change and extreme weather.

Both entries were produced by teams from The Secret Society of Science Songwriters at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. Members of this club regularly write and produce songs to teach science concepts.

But the songs about climate change did more than help students prepare for tests. Amari Reeves, who worked on “Undocumented Impacts,” says she’s since changed her daily habits.

Reeves: “Surprisingly, my mom has noticed that I turn off all the lights when I leave my house ’cause it’s stuck in my head constantly.”

The students hope that others who hear their song will be inspired to change their behavior too.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo source: Undocumented Impacts video (screenshot).

More Resources
National Aquarium Weather & Climate Day
Video: “Undocumented Impacts

Bud Ward

Bud Ward was editor of Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as assistant director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission...