Neil Young donates new song ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up’ to People’s Climate Change protesters

Thom Yorke and Jarvis Cocker also spoke out in advance of the weekend's global protests

Neil Young has shared new song ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up (And Save The Earth)’ to coincide with yesterday’s People’s Climate Marches around the world.

Young originally posted a live recording of the song, taken from a gig in Liverpool from July. He later shared a different version of the song recorded with a 92-piece orchestra and explained that he wants the song to be used by protestors in their communications on the subject of climate change.

“This is how I feel about what is going on in OUR world. You can learn here,” Young writes. “I’m giving you permission to please use this music in videos, clips and communications, or in any way you see fit during this critical time. I hope this music can assist you in the important work we do to reach out for understanding and action in the world.”

Neil Young was not the only musician who got involved in the climate change protests, which saw over 2,000 separate marches take place around the world. Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker wrote an an essay in which he claimed “Politicians don’t understand. They just smile and hold the hand of big business.”

Similarly, Thom Yorke expressed his upset at not being able to attend the march in person and instead shared a playlist of songs for protestors. The playlist included Radiohead drummer Phil Selway’s solo track ‘Miles Away’.

In the UK around 10,000 people marched in London with the group making their way to a rally in Parliament Square. Meanwhile, other marches took place in Manchester, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Stroud and Dudley. The marches were timed ahead of a UN summit in New York involving 125 heads of state and government.