How Billie Eilish, The 1975, and Other Artists Are Using Their Music to Discuss Climate Change
This week, Hurricane Dorian slammed North Carolina and the Bahamas, at its peak, becoming a Category 5 hurricane. Also this week, “Bad Guy” artist, Billie Eilish, premiered her music video for “All The Good Girls Go to Hell,” showing fans that the true meaning of the song deals with climate change. Here are a few celebrities and musicians putting the spotlight on climate change.
Billie Eilish premiered her music video for “All The Good Girls Go to Hell” in September 2019
This artist, especially through her music videos, is never afraid to touch on dark and eerie themes. In the video for “Bury a Friend,” Billie Eilish portrayed the monster underneath someone’s bed. During the “When The Party’s Over” video, fans saw black liquid pouring out of her eyes and spilling out of her mouth. Now, Billie Eilish is ready to tackle current events and political conversations.
Some suggest that Billie Eilish is imploring “satanic” images for her music video. However, others suggest the fire and the oil-drenched bird are both commentaries on climate change and pollution. In the description for the music video, Eilish left a note for fans.
“Right now, there are millions of people all over the world begging our leaders to pay attention,” she wrote. “Our earth is warming up at an unprecedented rate, icecaps are melting, our oceans are rising, our wildlife is being poisoned, and our forests are burning. On September 23rd, the United Nations will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit to discuss how to tackle these issues. The clock is ticking. On Friday, September 20th, and Friday, September 27th, you can make your voice be heard. Take it to the streets.”
The 1975’s self-titled single features a speech from activist Greta Thunberg
Another group that often shares their political opinions, The 1975 recently released two singles, both of which act as a call to action among fans. The first single from their new album, Notes on a Conditional Form, features climate change activist Greta Thunberg and a speech about civil disobedience.
These two songs, “The 1975” and “People” are only two of the times the band commented on current events. Their song “Love it if We Made it” featured quotes from Donald Trump and shocking events within the last few years, from Lil Peep’s death to reports of sexual assault. The music video even earned a nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Other artists, celebrities, and public figures are joining the fight against climate change
Some of the actors in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame prove that they’re superheroes in real life. That includes Don Cheadle, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Evans, who each advocate for the planet and environmental nonprofit organizations. Chris Evans often tweets about President Donald Trump, sometimes calling him out on social media.
“Either you still don’t understand that weather is not climate despite literally everyone explaining it to you every time you tweet this ignorance, or you just don’t care, and you’re deliberately misleading your base,” tweeted Chris Evans. “Which is it?”
Following Hurricane Harvey, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter shared a message about natural disasters and climate change. Since then, she and Jay-Z shared that they predominately eat vegan, both for their health and for their environmental impact.
Billie Eilish’s music video for “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” is available for playing on YouTube.