'SOS from the Kids' was written after Simeon (12) and his brother Noah (14), learnt about humankind's destruction of nature at school. The boys came home telling their mum about the number of trees cut down per day, the state of the insects and the amount of energy and resources that are consumed to make a t-shirt.
Watching David Attenborough's 'Climate Change - The Facts' alerted them to the crisis this destruction was causing. It had been Attenborough's nature programmes that had first inspired their boyhood fascination with bugs and insects, so they started to talk about changes they could make at home that would help the insects and animals.
Being a musician, Simeon's mum (Dorry) started writing a song about this realisation she was seeing in her children. She did her own research and was convicted to make changes in her own life. Simeon immediately took interest in the song his mum was writing. He asked to sing it, but it didn't have proper words, so he started suggesting words and re-phrasing what she'd begun to write to make them 'how he would say them'. Dorry says, 'the lyrics of this song are very much pointing at me', I, as an adult, need to "change the story". It's my generation that need to take responsibility. We've left a legacy that my kid's will bare the consequences of. This song is a wake up call to myself and all "grown ups".
The song started as a way to channel our family's feelings of despondency into something proactive, something that has hope and that other people could join us in.'
Simeon (Sim for short) set about inviting his cousins and friends to record the song with him and Noah helped capture what they were up to on film. Sim, his cousin, Coen, and four friends first sang the song to politicians at a climate meeting at Hampshire County Council in July'19. Afterwards, one of the politicians posted on Facebook about the impact their singing had on himself and the politicians who had gathered to vote.
Encouraged by this response, the group sang at school, at church and were then invited as guests on BBC Radio's ‘The Early Late Show’,Radio Solent.
They sung the song to raise awareness at lots of 'Fridays for future' strikes including the global strike on 20 Sept 2019
Following this, they sang alongside Jonny Flynn at Extinction Rebellion’s October protest in Trafalgar Square.
They put out a request on social media, calling kids to join them the following day for a big "Sing For Climate" alongside XR families. They were amazed when hundreds of kids answered the call, and turned up, with their accompanying adults, to sing the song on the steps of The National Gallery.
So the "SOS Kids Community Eco Choir" was born. It's open to anyone to join.
Dorry's sister, Miriam, helps run it along with Sara, another mum of some of the children in the video. The choir meet in Liss, a village in Hampshire where they live. Miriam says, 'we've been struck by how deeply the young people have engaged with the environmental issue. They have lots of ideas, as they're learning about this subject at school. One of the best things is the unique character they bring to the different projects we do with them. Of course it can be chaos sometimes!'
The SOS Kids also invite young people worldwide to join them singing. Do let us know if your group perform this song. We'd love to share what you're doing on our social media platforms.
You can purchase the song here:
The S.O.S choir will be doing lots more projects like this one which will be added to this page.
Each project's compositional process will be guided, recorded and performed by the children.
Our goal is to use the power of music to send positive messages into the world. Ones about the need to care for our planet and for one another. To promote kindness, compassion and the importance of telling the truth.