Greta Thunberg’s #HowDareYou speech is now a death metal song
Back in 1992, Severn Cullis-Suziki silenced the world for a few minutes. The then 12-year-old was addressing the world’s leaders at UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Her impactful speech went viral at a time when the internet wasn’t widely accessible.
Severn had said, “I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realize, neither do you! You don’t know how to get the carbon out of the atmosphere. You don’t know how to bring the salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal, now extinct, and you can’t bring back the forests that once grew where there is now a desert. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!” Her words ended up in films, artistes sampled it, DJs remixed it. The speech cemented itself in the pop-culture lexicon.
Things aren’t much different in 2019.
Now, history repeats itself and we’re not just talking about authorities ignoring pleas from young environmentalists. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist’s fiery #HowDareYou speech is now a killer death metal song. The tune, which has already amassed over 3.6 million views, created by Suaka’s thrash-metal drummer John Meredith has gone viral. He composed it using ProTools and some layered growling.
For the uninitiated, Suaka is an American metal band with strong ties to Indonesia. Here’s the song:
Greta, who heard the song, replied positively. “I have moved on from this climate thing… From now on I will be doing death metal only!!”
I have moved on from this climate thing... From now on I will be doing death metal only!! https://t.co/mYqXxFuE77— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 28, 2019