Climate Change: 'Act Now...Before We're All Dead', Extinction Rebellion in Xmas No 1 Song

Published November 11th, 2019 - 01:46 GMT
Extinction Rebellion is aiming to scoop the coveted Christmas number one slot with its debut song about climate change. It features a doctored video of former Prime Minister Theresa May addressing the commons with a 'breaking news' banner underneath with the words: 'Government agrees to do absolutely nothing to avert environmental catastrophe' (dailymail)
Extinction Rebellion is aiming to scoop the coveted Christmas number one slot with its debut song about climate change. It features a doctored video of former Prime Minister Theresa May addressing the commons with a 'breaking news' banner underneath with the words: 'Government agrees to do absolutely nothing to avert environmental catastrophe' (dailymail)
Highlights
The three-minute video starts with words flashing up reading 'this is not a drill' and 'act now'.

Extinction Rebellion is aiming to scoop the coveted Christmas number one slot with its debut song about climate change.

The protest group has teamed up with four-man rock band The Jade Assembly to produce Time for Change which urges listeners to 'act now' on climate change 'before we're all dead'.

The track's video features footage from XR protests across the globe over the past six months, with a prominent focus on London.

The three-minute video starts with words flashing up reading 'this is not a drill' and 'act now'.

A mock news report then appears on a television which says: 'Breaking news, government declares: "Everything is fine".'

It then shows a doctored video of former Prime Minister Theresa May addressing the commons with a 'breaking news' banner underneath with the words: 'Government agrees to do absolutely nothing to avert environmental catastrophe.' 


Mrs May can then be seen wearing a white pollution mask as two members of the cabinet behind her wear gas masks. 

Various mock clips are then shown, including a flooded Downing Street and the houses of commons set on fire.

Footage from various protests then appear, including protestors being arrested by police. 

During Extinction Rebellion’s ten-day autumn uprising, 1,832 people were arrested and more than 150 were charged for offences. 

In the group’s April protests activists glued themselves to DLR trains and broke windows at Shell’s London headquarters. More than 1,100 people were arrested.

Lead vocalist John Foster sings: 'So whether you're a lucky man, a banker or a broken man, I'm standing here for everyone who's never too afraid to say - we need you now, we need voices.

'A time to look ahead and now a time before we're all dead, come on, it's time for a change.

'I need everyone to be with me and I need everyone in here tonight to be themselves, so come on.'

The Jade Assembly wrote the song in response to the UK government's reaction to climate change.

The band's manager Mick Watson sent the song to Gail Bradbrook, one of the group's founders, who commissioned the Extinction Rebellion art department to create the music video with protest footage alongside the band in October.

Mr Watson said: 'The Jade Assembly have always been passionate about the climate crisis and they penned this song out of frustration with the speed and the way our politicians dealt with the crisis.

'The song is a swipe at the politicians and a plea to other people to "come on" board as the chorus says.

'I sent it to Gail a month ago and straight away she agreed that its an anthem for them, she thinks it's amazing, and she immediately got some footage together for the video.

'Roger Hallam, the other founder of Extinction Rebellion, loves the song and they both agreed we must get this to be Christmas number one after such a great year for Extinction Rebellion.

'The best impact for us is for people to hear the song and watch the video and then think about the last 20 years on Earth and the speed in which floods, tidal waves and earthquakes have picked up.

'This is a climate emergency and we want to use our musical message to let people know these are serious times and we need to address this situation before it's too late.' 

The Jade Assembly, from Bolton, Lancashire, hit the music scene in 2016. 

Time for Change is due to be released at the start of December.

The song will appear on their debut album 'Rock n Roll Nearly Killed Me' which is due for release in March 2020 and features a collaboration with UB40 saxophonist Brian Travers.

This article has been adapted from its original source.    


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