In celebration of the 45th Anniversary of EARTH DAY, Global Garden released The Earth Day Anthem featuring an array of award-winning talent. (Full credits, photos and story below).

It all started with a special request…nearly 30 years ago, when environmentalist, Toni DeGoede invited her friend, singer/songwriter Barbara Lee George to be one of artists featured in their charity’s 1990 Earth Day event at Orange County Community College. When George accepted her invitation DeGoede expanded her request to include that George consider writing a song for the occasion.

The result was the “Earth Day Anthem”.  DeGoede was delighted with George’s anthem and her Orange Environment Organization adopted and endorsed the Earth Day Anthem.

A year later, in 1991, New York Congressman Ben Gilman proposed the Anthem be adopted as our Nation’s Earth Day Anthem. That same year it was nominated for a United Earth / Nobel Prize.

In 1992, although the Anthem did not win the Prize, George was honored as a special guest at the Kennedy Center awards ceremony in Washington DC with such notables as Quincy Jones, John Denver and Kenny Loggins.

George also performed the Anthem at South Street Seaport before an audience of 100,000 Earth Day revelers.

But now, more than ever, the world needs an anthem that encourages people to treasure our world…and here it is!

EARTH DAY ANTHEM © 1990 © 2015
Music and Lyrics by Barbara Lee George
Additional Music by Al Orlo
Produced and Arranged by: John Lissauer, Al Orlo and Barbara Lee George
Orchestrated by: John Lissauer
Mastered by: Leonard Hospidor

Barbara Lee George – Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Al Orlo – Electric Guitars and additional Acoustic Guitar, Synth Organ, and Drum Programming
John Lissauer – Winds, Strings, Keyboards, Percussion and Drum Programming
Adult Background Vocalists (in alphabetical order):
Sharon Bryant, Dennis Collins, John Margolis, Fiona McBain, Vaneese Thomas
Children’s Chorus of Sussex County (in alphabetical order):
Makani Bennett, Mikayla Caruso, Samuel Garcia, Eszter Hiscott, Ashley Ingoglia, Jaden Rittweger, Carly Sarisky, Katrin Schumacher, Madeleine Schuman, Garrett Vanni, Adarsh Varghese

Recording and Production Credits:

  • Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Synth Organ, and Drum Programming Ore Alloy Studio by Al Orlo at Ore Alloy Music
  • Winds, Strings, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programming Orchestral and guitars and adult background vocals: Katonah Mill Studios by John Lissauer at Katonah Mills Studio
  • Barbara Lee George vocals by John Lissauer and Leonard Hospidor
  • Children’s Chorus of Sussex County recorded live at Christ’s Church Newton, NJ by Leonard Quam



  • United Nations
  • N.A.S.A.


  • Elijah M. George

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Children’s Chorus of Sussex County (top to bottom, left to right & shirt color):
Madeleine Schuman (purple), Garrett Vanni (light blue), Mikayla Caruso (salmon), Eszter Hiscott (red), Makani Bennett (orange), Carly Sarisky (denim), Ashley Ingoglia(white with heart), Katrin Schumacher (pink), Jaden Rittweger (yellow), Samuel Garcia (green) and Adarsh Varghese (gold)


Adult Choir: Fiona McBain, Vaneese Thomas, John Margolis, Sharon Bryant,Dennis Collins and writers: Al Orlo and Barbara Lee George

Founder/Artistic Director & Conductor of The Children’s Chorus of Sussex County: Deborah A. Mello

Producer and Arranger: John Lissauer

For more related news and events refer to The Earth Day Network