Thom Yorke Plays “Journalist,” Crashes Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Hey, Stephen Harper, listen up. You too, Barack Obama. Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown, I hope you're taking notes. The leader of the rock 'n' roll world is speaking.

- Dec 18, 2009

Hey, Stephen Harper, listen up. You too, Barack Obama. Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown, I hope you're taking notes. The leader of the rock 'n' roll world is speaking.

Indeed, a bearded Thom Yorke recently showed up in Copenhagen, Denmark, where world leaders are meeting for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It began Dec. 7 and will conclude Friday (Dec. 18).

Amusingly, Yorke told GristTV he had got into the conference as a journalist.

"I'm here as a press person," he said, according to Gigwise. "Let's see how long that lasts before I get kicked out."

Heads of government are meeting to discuss climate change action plans. That doesn't sit well with the Radiohead frontman, who was last spotted protesting the U.K.'s less-than-green nuclear power stations.

"What makes me angry is... the last people on earth we should be getting to do this agreement are politicians," he told The Guardian. "Unfortunately, they're the only thing that we got.

"They're the last people that will commit themselves to something that actually risks themselves. I don't mean that negatively... that's the way they're built."

Yorke's got good reason to be suspicious. After nearly two weeks, climate talks look like they're on the verge of collapsing.

He said he'd come to the conference to gain a better understanding of what's happening behind closed doors.

"The reports coming out are all negative," he says. "I've come because I can't understand, from anything I've been reading, what the core is... I can't even understand the basics."

Yorke says some of the most progressive voices on climate change aren't being represented. As a result, he says any agreement reached by world leaders will be all smoke and mirrors.

"The NGOs [non-governmental organizations] have been kicked out... they're the only ones that kept this going when no one else gave a fuck," he said.

Only selected NGOs were allowed to attend the conference. A coalition of 50 NGOs is now protesting the move, saying Denmark is restricting the public's access to information.

"[Another thing that] really bothers me is that what's going to happen is what always happens at the G8 summits. They come out and say 'we've done marvelous work,'" he continued, adding journalists will realize it's "all bollocks, a waste of space. And what bothers me is that's what's going to happen."

But Yorke had some cautious words for the politicians.

"Don't even imagine that we're not going to see through anything you create," he said.

Yorke performed via video after the premiere of the Age Of Stupid climate change film earlier this year. 

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