Daily Distraction: Celebrate Earth Day with Anohni and Yoko

"I Love You Earth," recorded by Yoko in 1985 and revisited alongside Anohni in 2015, gets a streaming re-release today

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Anohni and Yoko

Anohni is no stranger to speaking up for the Earth, having previously released the song "4 degrees," which refers to the projected rise in the planet's temperature (in Celsius) over the next century, which would be devastating to the ecology.

In a 2020 interview with Pitchfork, the singer said the song was written in 2014 amid "a mounting state of despair." "I was observing this disparity between the culture and what was really happening with the planet," Anohni said. "The freefall of biodiversity, the collapse of the oceans, the collapse of the forests. Make no mistake: We’re living through the end of nature as we’ve ever known it. And we facilitated that."

Similar conversations inspired the 2015 collaboration between Anohni and Yoko, who revisited the latter's 1985 song "I Love You Earth," which received a streaming re-release today from Chimera Music as a means of marking Earth Day (all proceeds will be directed to Rainforest Trust).

"There are so many of us in the world who are now awakened, ready to act to save our world," Yoko said in an accompanying press release. "So let’s work together to save this planet. Together. That’s how we will change the world."

Give the song a listen below. Together.