Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford has released a new protest song titled The Kids Are Having None Of It. The song comes as a response to Greta Thunberg’s activism as well as the force that is young people raising their voices and standing up for the future around the world.
Ford released a statement where she explained her motivations for the song, the kids featured in it and how community drives activism.
“This song came out of a desire to envision change as though it has already happened and to champion the incredible movements that we’re seeing right now. Beyond our collective fear and anger about what is and isn’t happening, to create an image of the wave of change that most of us would like to see. The cast of the video are all close friends, moms and neighbourhood kids that my son grew up with. We had a beautiful day, being together. I think the love of community, real relationships, and the willingness to include the experiences of others is the real basis of activism.“
Long time musician, children’s entertainer and educator, Raffi, has released a new song called Young People Marching, in support of all the young people fighting for their future these days.
In a press release Raffi says: “Young Greta is the moral voice of our times,” and that she is “urging the world to action on the global climate emergency, the greatest threat to all our lives—a matter of survival.”
Across Europe these days people are experiencing soaring temperatures and devastatingly unusual heat. Nearby, in one of the geographically largest countries on the planet, wildfires in Russia are spreading at an alarming rate. In Iceland, a memorial plaque has been created for first glacier in the country that has fallen victim to climate change.
So The 1975‘s recent release of their new song that features the voice of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is timely, to say the least. The track builds up beautifully and dramatically woven entirely through and around Greta’s speech which she, now famously, presented to the United Nations.
Protest music does not have to only be an unknown troubadour with a Guthrie sticker on his/her guitar. It comes in many forms and more importantly, like everything else today like journalism or activism, it must be a collective effort.
This collaboration between The 1975 and Greta Thunberg is a fantastic example of how larger artists can use their voice for good. Greta’s message will now reach countless people, young and old, which is highly important in these times of distorted narratives. The song will not change the problems we are facing, but it can change a mind or two.