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09/28/2012 02:47 am ET Updated Nov 27, 2012

"Bein' Green": A Colorful Playlist for the 22nd Annual Environmental Media Awards

"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security," Robert Redford once said. "Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?"

If you're going to use the powerful and often dazzling spotlight that celebrity and mass media afford us today, what better place to put it than on the beautiful world around us, and on the best ways to keep it beautiful. This weekend, I'm honored to be a part of The Environmental Media Awards. The Environmental Media Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by Lyn & Norman Lear and Cindy & Alan Horn that works with the entertainment industry to encourage green production and raise the public's environmental awareness. Since 1991, The Environmental Media Awards have honored those who use the red hot glare of popular art to further this worthy cause. There will be a lot of big stars there -- all of whom realize that we better make sure we can keep seeing the real stars in the sky. Go to http://www.ema-online.org to learn more and even become a part of this excellent orgranization.

That said, here's my playlist for the 22nd Annual EMA Awards in honor of the power of popular art to remind us where we live and why we had better take good care of it. Some songs here were suggested by my green and off-green followers on Twitter at @wildaboutmusic. As always, please add your green favorite songs below.

BEIN' GREEN - Kermit The Frog @MaryK61
NATURE'S WAY - Spirit
IDIOTEQUE - Radiohead
SHIP OF FOOLS - World Party
RAINBOW STEW - Merle Haggard
DON'T GO NEAR THE WATER - The Beach Boys
"Cuyahoga" REM @shipsandtrips
EARTH SONG - Michael Jackson @dustairo
MOTHER NATURE'S SON - The Beatles
SALTWATER - Julian Lennon
PARADISE - John Prine
POLLUTION - Bo Diddley
AFTER THE GOLD RUSH - Neil Young
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER - Al Green
CHANGE - Carrie Underwood @thistimebabyx
RUN STRAIGHT DOWN - Warren Zevon
GONE - Jack Johnson
WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY - Cat Stevens
A CAMPFIRE SONG - 10,000 Maniacs @KarenSwanay
THROWING STONES - The Grateful Dead
GREEN - Edie Brickell @bill_keck
WHOSE GARDEN WAS THIS? - John Denver
AMERICAN IDIOT - Green Day
BURN ON - Randy Newman
AFTER THE GOLDRUSH - Neil Young
MERCY, MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) - Marvin Gaye
"We've Got to Do Something" by Aldous Snow and Infant Sorrow @DavidAYates
SAVE ME NOW - Jeff Lynne
IF A TREE FALLS - Bruce Cockburn
(NOTHING BUT) FLOWERS - Talking Heads

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