Xavier Rudd is a singer-songwriter, musician and activist who shares his vision for a better world through his music. He works tirelessly to educate and spur his fans to action around an array of causes such as protection of the Great Barrier Reef, renewable energy, protection of forests, illegal fishing, climate change, and the health and welfare of Aboriginal people.

Xavier is an iconic voice in Australian music and combines uplifting music with thought-provoking lyrics. Now front man for a band aptly named United Nations, many of his songs incorporate socially conscious themes such as spirituality and environmentalism.

As announced in the April edition of Rock the Earth Notes, Xavier is the 2015 Planet Defender Award Winner in the Artist category.

What environmental issues do you consider to be the most critical at this time?
The Great Barrier Reef. Also, the Australian government’s plan to mine the whole of our top end of Australia coal seam the drilling of [natural] gas world wide.

What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with music?
My music naturally lends itself to environmental topics because it’s written from an earth-based perspective. I am happy and proud to support activists world-wide but wouldn’t call myself one, as I am busy touring the world playing music, which is quite a heavy environmental footprint. I say this out of respect for the true activists who selflessly dedicate their lives completely to change.

Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?