Documentary Series: We Only Want The Earth

Can music help us face the climate crisis?

New two-part documentary for RTÉ lyric FM’s the Lyric Feature explores how Irish composers are responding to the climate and biodiversity crisis through their work. Presented by Jonathan Grimes of the Contemporary Music Centre, We Only Want The Earth asks if music can inspire us to take ownership of what’s happening and help us imagine and shape a better future?

The series features music and conversations with composers Sebastian Adams, Natalia Beylis, Éna Brennan, Robert Coleman, Gráinne Mulvey, Karen Power, Judith Ring, Nick Roth, Jennifer Walshe and Ian Wilson, and contributions from climate scientist Hannah Daly and musicologist Stephen Graham

The episodes were broadcast on The Lyric Feature on Sunday 17 March and Sunday 24 March 2024.


We Only Want The Earth is a Contemporary Music Centre production for RTÉ lyric fm co-funded by Coimisiún na Meán, Sound & Vision Scheme and RTÉ Independent Radio Productions. Presented and produced by Jonathan Grimes. Co-produced with Helen Shaw, Athena Media. RTÉ lyric fm Series Producer: Eoin O Kelly. Production Coordinator: Lily Collins. Additional recording and editing: Keith Fennell. We Only Want The Earth graphic design by Ronan McDonnell -