Emilio Estefan debuts climate change song for Aspen Ideas

Aspen Institute CEO Dan Porterfield, music producer Emilio Estefan, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber speak on a panel about climate change at Aspen Ideas Climate in Miami Beach on May 12, 2022.

Aspen Institute CEO Dan Porterfield, music producer Emilio Estefan, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber speak on a panel about climate change at Aspen Ideas Climate in Miami Beach on May 12, 2022.

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Legendary Miami music producer Emilio Estefan has composed a new message for his hometown and the world: get your feet and address climate change.

His latest song, “We Still Have Time,” begs listeners to take action and limit global warming. It debuted Thursday at the closing panel of Aspen Ideas Climate, a new festival in Miami Beach focused on climate solutions and innovations.

A video of the song, sung by Yailenys Perez, is a set over a backdrop of stock images of nature, solar panels and hurricanes. Some sample lyrics: “We’re running out of time. Please change your state of mind. Let’s make a difference. It’s only a matter of time. ”

Estefan told the Miami Herald he was inspired to write the song after an Aspen organizers at Carbone in Miami Beach late last year. Afterward, he rushed home and wrote all the lyrics for the song in one go.

After the song debuted at the Miami Beach festival, Estefan joined Aspen Institute CEO Dan Porterfield, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava on a panel to discuss climate change in South Florida.

Estefan suggested that with the next concert, they could hold a climate-change-themed concert in hopes of spreading the message of climate action to young people.

“Doesn’t matter, famous, not famous, anyone can make a difference,” he said. “More than anything else, the kids are important.”

This story was originally published May 12, 2022 3:42 PM.

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Alex Harris covers climate change for the Miami Herald, including how South Florida communities are adapting to the warming world. She attended the University of Florida.

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