‘Anybody that has a heart needs to be part of this’: Julian Lennon’s passionate defense of Mother Earth

In the years since his Top 20 platinum debut from 1984, Julian Lennon has expanded his artistic horizons to focus on photography, as well. A thread running through all of it is his advocacy for the environment.

“I’m an artist, but I’m an artist with a conscience,” Lennon tells YouTube’s Eddie G. “I can’t help myself. I think anybody that has a heart, and who cares and who gives a damn — and knows about love and death — needs to be part of this, and move forward with a positive attitude.”

That plays out in musical moments like “Someday,” from Lennon’s newest album effort, the well-received Everything Changes — his first longplayer since 1998′s Photograph Smile. The song, which includes a memorable hat tip toward his father John Lennon’s “Baby You’re A Rich Man,” features a guest turn by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

Lennon says its message is one of coming together to make a difference: “We’re all in this together — this is it. We’ve got to fix the problems we have. Nobody else is going to do it for us.”

In that way, “Someday” fits perfectly within the larger tapestry of Lennon’s work, which spans everything from huge non-profit efforts like the White Feather Foundation to regular advocating on a smaller scale through social media.

“Because of the situations and scenarios we have now with YouTube and Facebook and Twitter,” Lennon says, “there are no walls stopping people from getting together and making change happen — whether that’s by word of mouth, by songwriting or by imagery or even getting together in groups to actually make physical change. I’m not talking about violence; I’m talking about helping, and doing whatever you can to make change for the betterment of not only us humans but all life on Earth.”

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