Thom Yorke dropped the single “Hands Off the Antarctic” Tuesday (Oct. 16), backing environmental organization Greenpeace’s fight against climate change and human disturbance in the Antarctic Ocean. The instrumental synth-laden song was released alongside a video of the Antarctic shot by Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise research ship.
“There are some places on this planet that are meant to stay raw and wild and not destroyed by humanity’s footprint,” Yorke said in a statement. “This track is about stopping the relentless march of those heavy footsteps. The Antarctic is a true wilderness and what happens there affects us all. That’s why we should protect it.”
Antarctica is melting three times as fast as it was in 2007, and Greenpeace has been pushing for the formation of the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, an area designed to preserve the ecosystem within it. The project-supporting footage and song premiered via projection onto London’s iconic Marble Arch the day of its release.
Watch the video below.