On Thursday afternoon, the United Nations Climate Change Conference was privy to an unexpected (and in some circles, unwelcome) guest as Radiohead’s Thom Yorke mysteriously acquired a press pass to attend the final two days of the weeklong conference. As representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were unfairly thrown out, Yorke managed to sit-in on the remaining discussions, including one conducted by members of the U.S. government, alongside fellow environmentalist Tony Juniper.
Wearing a long trench coat and sporting an unkempt, shaggy look, Yorke was a noticeable standout amongst the three-piece suited dignitaries in attendance. Other members of the media quickly took notice of his presence, and his honest commentary on the conference reestablished the barrier between the overly bureaucratic politicians and the soap-box social revolutionaries desperate for change. This barrier, which has been slothfully waning during the past thirty to forty years since the debate over environmental impact first surfaced, has almost become a faint image of the past as global-warming naysayers are being overwhelmingly drowned out by the seemingly endless masses of scientific evidence that points to a changing global climate.
As one might predict, Yorke’s sentiments regarding the conference are anything but glowing. He reported to members of the media that he decided to attend the conference due to the lack of clarity found on blogs regarding the event and also the previously mentioned extradition of non-governmental representatives. His comments, which can be found on the Radiohead blog “Dead Air Space,” gives scathing commentary on the apparent lack of societal obligation ('arrogance,' as he puts it) found in the reports by Hillary Clinton and what he considers to be an overall ineffective speech by President Obama. Just when you think Yorke is merely pointing the finger at whom he accuses to be irresponsible outsiders, he attacks members of England’s social media outlets, namely the BBC, calling them “f’ing monkeys” (repeatedly in expletive) for their insistence on “evenly” mediating both sides of the issue of global warming, despite the government’s advances in severely lowering England’s impact on the environment, a regulatory trend which Yorke claims, to his own surprise, puts England in the forefront of global climate change.
Yorke, along with Juniper, spoke at length with “The Stupid Show,” a web series associated with the global-warming/environmental documentary The Age of Stupid, about the developments that were touched upon during the conference. He expressed his concerns by stating:
“It sounds like a G8 summit, you know? Everybody leaves with a piece of paper going, ‘yeah, it’s pretty much there. Yup, yup, yup.’ And then it unravels completely. Hopefully that’s not going to be the situation here.”