REM frontman Michael Stipe is to donate all proceeds of his debut solo single, released this weekend, to Extinction Rebellion.

Capricious Soul will be Stipe's debut solo single and his first release since REM's amicable break-up in 2011.

The release is timed to coincide with October 7th’s “International Rebellion” climate justice protests.

A dedicated eco activist, Stipe said: "I want to add my voice to this exciting shift in consciousness.

"Extinction Rebellion gave me the incentive to push the release and not wait.

"Our relationship to the environment has been a lifelong concern, and I now feel hopeful—optimistic, even.

"I believe we can bring the kind of change needed to improve our beautiful planet earth, our standing and our place on it.”

The song will be available exclusively via upon release and will not immediately appear on any of the major digital streaming platforms.

Extinction Rebellion was established in Stroud April 2018 by a group of activists as a response to an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report which found that there are only twelve years left before the effects of climate change are irreversible.