Radiohead Frontman Thom Yorke Releases Song for Greenpeace's Antarctic Campaign
"There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw."
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released a new song on Tuesday in support of the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace's campaign to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in the Antarctic.
The Antarctic is one of the last pristine wild environments in the world, and countries are in the process of drafting rules to regulate the region. Greenpeace has garnered more than 2 million signatures for its campaign.
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"Hands Off The Anarctic" is a simple instrumental song with a pulsing, slightly menacing beat, and the accompanying video features panoramic views of desolate ice shelfs and fields.
“There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity’s footprint," Yorke told the Independent.
“This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps," he added. "The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That’s why we should protect it.”
Greenpeace spoke to Global Citizen about the campaign earlier in the year after completing an expedition to document wildlife in the region.
The team found an abundance of animals and were stunned by the marine creatures on the bottom of the sea floor. The trip, ultimately, was meant to show the precious nature of life in the Antarctic.
“We need an network of sanctuaries to protect biodiversity in the short term,” John Hocevar, Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director, told Global Citizen. “Then we have to be acting as quickly as possible to move away from reliance on fossil fuels, and shift to renewable energy sources like solar and wind."
This isn't the first time Greenpeace has worked with a musician. In 2016, the nonprofit hauled a grand piano to the Arctic and had acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi perform on a floating platform.