Five minutes with Ozi Batla from hip hop group, Astronomy Class


Ozi Batla is the vocalist of the Australian hip hop trio, Astronomy Class. They will be playing at the 2009 Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival.

Astronomy Class

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What's your environmental message to your listeners?

Our music is about personal responsibility, and that's the biggest factor in addressing environmental issues. There's a lot to be said for taking charge, making the changes that you want to see. We could wait for politicians and the like forever, but they have other priorities. We see events like the Peats Ridge Festival as a good example of taking charge.

What's the single biggest eco issue you care about the most?

Australia is a fragile continent and we've already done a lot of damage in 200 years. Land-clearing, logging and irresponsible farming practices have left the country bare. The way we have changed the face of the land is extreme - I doubt we've seen the last of the dust storms that hit us in September.

The way we manage our natural resources in this country is a big issue for me.

For more information on the group, check out www.myspace.com/astronomyclass.

Click here for more information on the 2009 Peats Ridge Festival.