BLACKPINK brought their ballad “Stay” to the YouTube Originals special Dear Earth on Saturday (Oct. 23).
The K-pop group sang their 2016 single for the virtual event, where they also communicated “an important message” in a segment they filmed about climate change.
“We are the first generation to have grown up in the digital age, and that makes us unique. Since we have grown up connected with each other through technology, we have a lot in common regardless of where we live on Earth. Today, we’re united once again as we’re facing a common problem associated with the times that we live in. We are growing up on a planet that, every day since we were born, has gotten sicker and sicker,” they said, each noting that problems like the amount of waste on the planet, air pollution, melting of polar ice caps and more have made them aware of why we need to take care of the Earth.
“We don’t have to ask if climate change is happening,” the group said. “We don’t have to be persuaded that nature is disappearing. The planet is warming too fast, our wild nature is disappearing too fast, the oceans are dying, the waste is piling up. The way things are going, there may be no planet left to save.”
BLACKPINK said, “Our generation will be responsible for taking care of the Earth and we will work towards building a better, more equal, more sustainable world.”
The special, produced by Done + Dusted, Strong Brew and Silverback Films, was released to “inspire and motivate audiences to create a better, healthier, existence for the planet through contributions from a wide range of global leaders, creators, celebrities and musicians,” Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content, said in a statement last month.
BLACKPINK’s Lisa recently released her solo project Lalisa, featuring the title track and “Money.” “It’s a good opportunity for me to finally let the world know, ‘This is who I am,’” she told Billboard ahead of Lalisa’s arrival.
Watch BLACKPINK’s latest performance and their speech about climate change below.