Climate-change activist Greta Thunberg is making her musical debut, courtesy of the 1975, appearing on the opening track of the band’s new album, Notes on a Conditional Form.
In the new track, titled “The 1975” (a version of which has opened each of the band’s albums), the 16-year-old activist recites an essay encouraging young people to take action to fight encroaching climate change.
“We are right now in the beginning of a climate and an ecological crisis, and we need to call it what it is: an emergency,” she says over musical accompaniment.
“We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the time to speak clearly.
“Everything needs to change,” she concludes. “And it has to start today. So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.”
At Thunberg’s request, proceeds from the track will be donated to the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion. “Music has the power to break through barriers,” the group said in a statement, “and right now we really need to break through some barriers if we are to face this emergency.”
“I’m grateful to get the opportunity to get my message out to a broad new audience in a new way,” said Thunberg of working with the band. “I think it’s great that the 1975 is so strongly engaged in the climate crisis. We quickly need to get people in all branches of society to get involved. And this collaboration I think is something new.”