Activist groups and civic organizations from across the nation plan to gather in Taipei today to hold the largest assembly for a live outdoor music recording, whose message will be: “Let the kids have a clean future, say no to nuclear energy.”
The crowd are to hold hands to sing what the organizers say will be a “No Nukes” anthem song called Children’s Sky (孩子的天空) at the public plaza next to the National Theater Concert Hall, which is near Ketagalan Boulevard and the Presidential Office.
The “824 mass sing-along” is to be conducted by award-winning musician and producer Hung Yao (洪敬堯) at 10am.
With more than 10,000 people expected to join in and sing, the live outdoor recording will be made into a music video for broadcasting and viewing on the Internet.
Organizers urged everyone concerned with Taiwan’s environment and future to participate in the event, to “sound out” against nuclear energy.
“Come join us. Together we can make history with this mass outdoor sing-along. We will use our voice to document the fight to protect our children’s future, and to show our determination to stop the building of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant [in Gongliao (貢寮), New Taipei City (新北市)],” one of the organizers said.
The song was written by musician Chen Chien-ning (陳建寧) of the band F.I.R. while the lyrics are by songwriter Kiki Hu (胡如虹).
A celebrity-sung version of the song is already being widely circulated on the Web, featuring supermodel Lin Chi-ling (林志玲), Doris Yeh (葉湘怡) from the Taiwanese black metal band Chthonic, singer Amber Kuo (郭采潔) and other personalities from the entertainment, filmmaking and music industries.
At the event site, a number of organizations set up information booths, and presenting activities and fun games for children to gain awareness of anti-nuclear energy messages. Children can make origami figures, which oppose nuclear power. At other booths, children can receive cartoon stickers and booklets, which have tips on saving energy at home.
Participating organizations include Mom Loves Taiwan, Papa Promise Future, the National Alliance of Parents Organizations, National Federation of Teachers Unions, Homemakers United Foundation, Humanistic Education Foundation, Green Citizens’ Action Alliance, Citizens of the Earth, Taiwan, and the Society of Wilderness.
Anti-nuclear youth groups are planning hip-hop performances, hosts from Momo Kids TV channel are to sing and there is to be an education panel on food and radiation with activities to promote green energy and environmental protection.