“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.”

Those were the words of folk singer Pete Seeger who died on Monday at the age of 94. His love of singing, children, and the environment make him the perfect peace-loving troubadour to introduce to your family if you haven’t already. Best known for writing and singing songs such as “If I Had a Hammer”, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Seeger also popularized works such as “This Land Is Your Land” and “We Shall Overcome.” A man who performed in schools for decades and counted those experiences among the most rewarding in his life, Seeger documented and shared his love of the world and the harmony in nature through hundreds of songs.

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A prominent anti-war activist as well as a supporter for the Civil Rights movement, Seeger once said “My job is to show folks there’s a lot of good music in this world, and if used right it may help to save the planet.” Saving the planet was a cause Seeger committed to throughout his life, but especially in his later years as he worked for years to clean up the Hudson River (near his home) and even performed at the 2013 Farm Aid.

Seeger’s love of words and younger generations resulted in numerous children’s literary collaborations including One Grain of Sand, a meditative lullaby on harmony all around the world, and The Deaf Musicians, about boys who create a sign language band. Seeger was committed to spreading messages of peace, love, harmony, and the power of music. We hope you’ll carry on that legacy by bringing your family together for a nature walk, adopting an eco-friendly resolution, or simply gathering together for an energizing and peace-loving Seeger song session.