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Someone Remixed Fatboy Slim’s ‘Right Here, Right Now’ With Greta Thunberg And You Must Hear It

Fatboy Slim wades into the climate debate.

Greta Thunberg / Fatboy Slim

The other day, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the UN. You might have heard something about that speech, on account of it being extraordinary.

Rather than trying to placate the politicians gathered before her, Thunberg spoke plainly. There was no prettying up of an ugly situation; no attempts to make people feel good for what they had already done. Thunberg’s message was clear: not enough is being upheaved. More change is essential. The old systems must be overturned. And anyone not doing that work is condemning the planet to a long and horrifying death.

Basically, it’s as punk rock a speech as any climate activist has given in decades, a rousing call for immediate action.

Little wonder then, that Thunberg is making such waves in the world of music. Janelle Monae, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello and the 1975’s Matt Healy have all paid tribute to the young teenager’s exhaustive desire for change, sharing her message and praising the way she’s chosen to spread it.

Now, that celebration has been taken to new heights, via a remix of Fatboy Slim’s classic song ‘Right Here, Right Now’, which mashes up Thunberg’s already iconic speech with one of the most popular songs of the late ’90s.

Slim himself obviously approves; he shared the track on his own Facebook page, along with an accompanying video filled with images of the icecaps melting, and Donald Trump parading about for the benefit of the cameras.

Of course, as with all things to do with Thunberg these days, we shouldn’t get too swept up in mere viral hype. This video is great, but it’s great because it reminds us to actually do something. Videos like this should be the start of our activist work, not the sum total of it.

Do as Thunberg does. Get out. Make change. Impact the world. Right here, right now.

Check out the remix here, and see live footage from the DJ dropping the remix live during a set at Gateshead in the UK over the weekend: