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Greta Thunberg reacts to viral video: “From now on I’ll be doing death metal only”


Greta Thunberg, the teenage environmental activist on climate change whose words are being championed worldwide, has responded to a viral video which uses her speech in a death metal song.

John Meredith, the drummer of New York metal band Suaka, remixed Thunberg’s hugely powerful “How Dare You” speech to create what is now the viral hit song ‘Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal’

Thunberg, whose hugely emotional speech at UN Climate Action Summit has been debated the world over, addressed world leaders by saying: “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” at the summit in New York. “Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!”

She added: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Reacting to her speech, the song metal drummer Meredith said: “When I saw her speech, I was very impressed by her passion and outrage,” in an interview with Rolling Stone. “And the words she chose just evoked the darkness of the metal music I love: Entombed, Gojira, At the Gates, Sepultura.”

He added: “I guess I didn’t really have a specific intent other than to turn her brutal words into a metal song.”

It would appear his work on the viral song has been well appreciated by Thunberg who gave it the thumbs up while sharing it on social media. “I have moved on from this climate thing… From now on I will be doing death metal only!!” Thunberg tweeted.