The 1975 upcoming album, Notes On a Conditional Form, roll-out begins with 16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s voice added to latest single
New single “The 1975” features Greta Thunberg’s voice as her musical debut comes in the form of environmental activism. A version of this song has started the British band’s last three albums, but this time they have teamed up with Greta to state their position on climate change and the need to act now.
In what is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of The 1975’s committed audience, Greta Thunberg said “I’m grateful to get the opportunity to get my message out to a broad new audience in a new way. 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.”
There are no two ways around it, the human race has made mistakes with the environment it lives in and Thunberg begins the track by saying “We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their present form have failed. But Homo sapiens have not yet failed. Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around.”
You can hear the track in full below.
She goes on to say “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.”
And concludes Thunberg concludes: “So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.” Full speech is below.
As the first ever person to feature on a track by the band and a change to their traditional opening album track format, this is quite the statement by The 1975. The proceedings for this particular track will go to Extinction Rebellion as per Thunberg’s request.
Jamie Oborne, the band’s manager and founder of the label Dirty Hit has made his vision clear by stating “Rather than ignoring that it’s a pollutant, we’re minimising it by only doing lightweight vinyl from now on. That isn’t very trendy, but one heavyweight LP is the equivalent of making two or three.”
The band will also no longer produce CD jewel plastic cases or shrink-wrap their vinyl, instead opting for paper and card packaging.
The full text of Thunberg’s speech:
“We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis.
And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.
We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet. Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things.
We admit that we are losing this battle.
We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their present form have failed.
But homo sapiens have not yet failed.
Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still have everything in our own hands.
But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.
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.
Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.
And either we do that, or we don’t.
You say that nothing in life is black or white.
But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie.
Either we prevent a 1.5 degree of warming, or we don’t.
Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, or we don’t.
Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t.
That is as black or white as it gets.
Because there are no grey areas when it comes to survival.
Now we all have a choice.
We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations.
Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail.
That is up to you and me.
And yes, we need a system change rather than individual change. But you cannot have one without the other.
If you look through history, all the big changes in society have been started by people at the grassroots level. People like you and me.
So, I ask you to please wake up and make the changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible.
Today, we use about 100 million barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground.
So, we can no longer save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed.
Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.
So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.”