Megan Washington Reworked Greta Thunberg’s UN Speech Into A Haunting Song
“Greta’s speech is the definition of punk, and more important than any song that has been written in my lifetime," Washington said.
Earlier this year, Greta Thunberg appeared at the UN to address the climate inaction of world leaders.
That speech sacrificed the usual pleasantries that define such PR opportunities, and instead went straight for the jugular. “How dare you?” Thunberg asked the assembled politicians early on, and didn’t get any less direct from there.
The speech made ripples around the world. It was so significant, in fact, that its effects were felt in the world of music. Within days, a DJ had remixed the speech with Fatboy Slim’s ‘Right Here, Right Now’, eventually earning the approval of Slim himself.
Now, Australia’s own Megan Washington is the latest musician to take on the speech. She’s set the fiery address to music, creating a passionate and angry work of art that calls for nothing less than a total overhaul of how the world is being run.
The reworking of the speech is part of a song called ‘Crystal Clear’, which was composed by Robert Davidson and first premiered at Sydney’s City Recital Hall back in October, as reported by Music Feeds.
“Greta’s speech is the definition of punk, and more important than any song that has been written in my lifetime, so I couldn’t ‘look to the future’ without including it,” Washington said of the piece. “I really hope this video moves people, because it’s time for people to start moving.”
Watch the video of Washington’s performance in full below: