Amanda grew up in South Lanarkshire and was very lucky to spend most of her life living in very scenic countryside areas. Growing up around nature is what made her appreciate the beauty of our earth and the need to protect it. A big influence on Amanda’s interest in climate activism was her mum, who passed down knowledge. Amanda started making a conscious effort to do her part, too. Amanda always felt passionate about recycling and keeping our planet clean, but it wasn’t until she started working with Gilded Lily in 2019 and took part in the Climate Leadership Course that she truly started to learn about these issues in detail and how we can tackle them.
Amanda has been a musician since she was 14 years old and started playing professionally 2015 using her stage name, ‘Sadie Marie’. Amanda has never written a song about climate change before and this is also her first music video. This project has challenged her in many ways and she is grateful for the opportunity. Amanda really hopes her song ‘This World Is On Fire’ makes people think about the throw-away culture that we have adopted and to treat the planet more kindly by using what we already have. She hopes that the video conveys how much “stuff” we throw away and how there is no need for the amount of rubbish in landfills.
Amanda’s mentor Zhanna Kugotova provided invaluable support and guidance with the creation and editing of the music video.
Amanda would like to see this song becoming an anthem for COP26.