We love nature. We write songs for the planet and invite everyone to sing them with us. Profits from ‘SOS from the Kids’ go to environmental causes to help nature and wildlife. 

SOS from the Kids formed when brothers Sim (12) and Noah Macaulay (14) got together with their cousin, Coen Baines (5), and close friends to record the song ‘SOS from the Kids’. The song was written after Sim and Noah learnt about humankind's destruction of nature at school. They 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, Sim's mum (Dorry Macaulay) started writing a song about this realisation she was seeing in her children. Sim immediately took interest. He asked to sing it, but it didn't have proper words yet so he started suggesting lyrics and re-phrasing words 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 needs 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.

Sim and his small troupe first performed the song in July 2019 to politicians. They busked on the street outside the Winchester council chambers, attracting a crowd of MP’s and policy makers who were gathering to debate and vote on climate issues.Word spread fast and before long hundreds of kids joined the troupe to sing at September’s ‘Global Youth Strike for Climate’ at Parliament Square in London.

The day before the Covid-19 lockdown, Sim met with his uncle, Coen's father, Ollie Baines and helped record, 'Stand as one', a song about the need to heal our planet and care for each other.

The song was then completed during the lockdown, working remotely, with the video made using zoom.

'Stand as One' is dedicated to all those on the front lines as the world is swept by the Covid-19 pandemic. Profits go to 'NHS Charities Together' & 'Masks for NHS Heroes'

We have been sent some beautiful versions of children around the world singing 'SOS from the Kid's'. If you want us to share a video you have done, just send it to sosfromthekids@gmail.com.

'SOS from the kid's' versions from around the world

'Music - What a powerful instrument, What a mighty weapon'

Maria Augusta Von Trapp 

Special thanks to our local parish church St Mary's for their general encouragement and for letting us use their building to work on new songs together.