Songs to Save the Salish Sea

Songs to Save the Salish Sea

With Songs to Save the Salish Sea, Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz are on a mission to inspire stewardship of the great inland sea of the Pacific Northwest, the Salish Sea, stretching from south of Seattle to well north of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In 2012 the Salish Sea — valued for its beauty, recreational appeal and marine life, including salmon and Orca whales — suddenly came under major threat. Island and coastal communities found themselves battling a barrage of proposals by the fossil fuel industry to export large quantities of coal, highly toxic Alberta tar sands oil and explosive Bakken shale oil to Asia through the narrow, already heavily trafficked straits of the Salish Sea.

Along with many other local residents, Sharon and Michael have been fighting back. Their favored weapons: rich vocal harmonies; catchy, lyrical and soaring melodies; and humorous, quirky, poetic and poignant lyrics.

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The Climate Monologues

The Climate Monologues
A one-woman musical show about climate change brings to life the stories of real people in the U.S. and around the world.

The Meltese Dodo

The Meltese Dodo
A hardboiled planet with a fever, hired by a desperate species to “get something” on The Environment.

The Climate Monologues Goes to New York!
The Climate Monologues
In September and November, 2016, Sharon performed The Climate Monologues in the world’s largest solo theater festival– United Solo in New York City.

Youth Eco Arts Action (YEAA!)

We’re very proud of Nancy Knapp’s 5th grade students, who performed as part of our YEAA (Youth Eco Arts Action) project at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound, WA on March 15, 2015.

House Concert with Pete Seeger
House Concert with Pete Seeger

Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz perform a house concert with Pete Seeger. Sat., Feb. 5, 2000 in NY City.

The Climate Monologues in LA
The Climate Monologues in LA
On March 27, 2016, Sharon received a standing ovation from an overflowing crowd at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, after performing a 20-minute excerpt from The Climate Monologues.

Break Free in Anacortes, WA!
break free oil train blockade

Sharon and Mike participated in a global protest when they kicked off the Break Free oil train blockade in Anacortes, WA, with a couple of songs. Sharon also performed several Climate Monologues.


ecomusicology Irthlingz interview is included in Mark Pedelty’s book “Ecomusicology”

A Song to Save the Salish Sea

ecomusicology Irthlingz interview is included in Mark Pedelty’s book “A Song to Save the Salish Sea”

Indian Island Interactive Map
Irthlingz, Kwiáht and students working together.


Sharon Abreu's YouTube video from the former Ecospeakers site.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Greater Pacific Northwest Conference (2015)

Sharon attended the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Greater Pacific Northwest Regional Conference in Seattle on March 7-8, 2015.

The Climate Monologues at Climate Action Week (University Unitarian Church, Seattle, 2015)

Many thanks to Nancy Maranville and Ben Pfeiffer, and everyone at the University Unitarian Church in Seattle, for hosting The Climate Monologues show on Friday night as part of their Climate Action Week (!

Penguins on Thin Ice

penguins on thin icePenguins on Thin Ice uses music to share inspiration and science about global climate change and what people can do to help curb its effects. Performed on May 4, 2007, by ten students from the High School for Environmental Studies (HSES) in New York at the United Nations for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).

Climate Solutions Breakfast

sharon and governor jay insleeSharon attended the 6th annual Climate Solutions breakfast in May, 2014, where Governor Jay Inslee was the featured guest speaker.

Sharon attended the extraordinary Paddle in Seattle event in West Seattle on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Organized by the Backbone Campaign and supported by a host of prestigious environmental groups, the event was a huge success.