Samantha Bee's Climate Change Song Is Something Every Global Citizen Needs to Hear
“You screwed up it’s time to pay. Good luck trying to live on Mars someday,” Michaelson sang.
In the last few months, wildfires ravaged California, deadly hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico and Houston, and warm-weather-loving ticks proliferated, tripling lyme disease rates.
So on Wednesday night, Samantha Bee gave her viewers a wake-up call.
“Our descendants will look back on the summer of 2017 as the time we stopped ignoring that climate change was coming and starting ignoring that it had arrived,” Bee said on her show “Full Frontal.”
But, she said, since climate change isn’t on Twitter telling us how it’s “slowly destroying the world,” it needs a catchy song.
Enter Ingrid Michaelson.
The indie-pop star parodied her hit “Be OK” to remind us that the earth and its inhabitants — including humans — are certainly “Not OK.”
“You screwed up it’s time to pay, time to pay, time to pay,” Michaelson sang while wearing a cartoon globe on her chest.
“Good luck trying to live on Mars someday,” she continued as a cartoon cut out of Mars wearing hip shades drifted on stage and gave the audience the middle finger. “You’re not gonna be okay, be okay, be okay. The ocean’s gonna come wash you away.”
While Michaelson sang, “Full Frontal” staffers holding evil wildfires, blustering hurricanes, and a frightened Puerto Rico shuffled around her.
Bee and Michaelson echoed other recent calls for action. "We will be toasted, roasted, and grilled” unless we address climate change, warned the International Monetary Fund director earlier this week. The Pope also highlighted the link between climate change and hunger at a conference last week.
Global Citizen campaigns on the Global Goals, which call for robust climate change action. You can take action on this issue here.