Last night’s episode of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” was all about climate change, a topic that can feel both done-to-death and completely fresh at the same time.
Weather-wise, the past few months have been a doozy, featuring everything from a seemingly endless parade of destructive hurricanes and floods to devastating wildfires, all of which share a disturbing link to global warming.
But still. Deniers gonna deny.
Or, as Bee warned, “Our descendants will look back on the summer of 2017 as the time we stopped ignoring that climate change was coming and started ignoring that it had arrived.”
If the seemingly endless string of natural disasters wasn’t getting the message across, maybe a sweeter and kinder approach would do the trick.
Bee invited songwriter and heavenly-voiced singer Ingrid Michaelson to perform a topical twist on one of her hit songs.
Dressed as Earth, with an angry looking Sun looming overhead, Michaelson took the stage, and for one night, her earworm of a song “Be OK,” became “(Earth is) Not OK.”
“I am clearly not OK, not OK, not OK. Earth is clearly not OK today. I’m getting warmer every day, every day, every day,” Michaelson sang as “Full Frontal” correspondents dance behind her holding paper hurricanes.
Though most of the lyrics are funny and sung over a happy melody, the subject itself is a terrifying reminder of what we’ve done to the planet.
“Hurricanes are here to stay … and we’re making them worse day by day,” Michaelson sang in one verse, a reminder that the latest news suggests that climate change might actually be more worse than we thought. Awesome.
“But you know what part hurts the most? It feels like you don’t care about me,” Michaelson/Earth sings, as the lyrics take a turn for the vengeful.
Was the performance silly? Sure. Absurd? Maybe. A total downer? Absolutely. Still, there’s nothing more absurd and depressing than the fact that some people still don’t believe any of this is actually happening.
The upbeat tempo and Michaelson’s sweet vocals at least make the dire message a little easier to swallow.
We’re rapidly running out of time to make a real dent in the fight against the effects of climate change. If you’re interested in what you can do to help, however small, start here.