Coldplay Seeks To Make Their Concert Tours Environmentally Friendly
In an effort to promote environmentally friendly concerts, rock band Coldplay is pushing pause on touring until concerts become more carbon neutral.
Bands and solo artists travel the world all the time to entertain their loyal fans, but that comes at a steep environmental cost when you consider flights, bus transportation and electricity usage at venues, just to name a few. The transportation alone produces a lot of emissions, which only makes climate change worse as global temperatures rise.
According to the International Council on Clean Transportation:
The implied annual compound growth rate of emissions, 5.7%, is 70% higher than those used to develop ICAO’s projections that CO2 emissions from international aviation will triple under business as usual by 2050.
And so, Coldplay has taken notice, which is why they have agreed as a group to stop touring until touring leaves a much smaller carbon footprint.
“We’re not touring this album,” frontman Chris Martin told BBC News in an announcement that will disappoint millions of fans.
Martin went on to explain that he and his bandmates are putting their heads together to figure out a sustainable touring plan.
“Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally,” he said. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral. We’re taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial. All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job.”
The flights are their top priority.
“The hardest thing is the flying side of things,” he said. “But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it largely solar-powered. We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s no so much taking as giving?”
Single-use plastic is a major environmental catastrophe. Billions of plastic trash finds its way to the oceans every year, and there is now so much of it that it can be found in the most remote places on Earth. It has also contaminated the food chain and can be found inside our own bodies. So, it makes sense that Coldplay is concerned about single-use plastic and wants to eliminate it from their concerts.
As for solar energy, Martin is repeating a call for green energy that people around the world have been making for years. Concerts require lots of energy, which is generated by fossil fuels, the chief cause of climate change.
Solar energy is starting to catch up, but not enough to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change for several more years unless we pick up the pace.
Coldplay fans around the globe can help the band’s cause by calling upon venues to dump fossil fuels in favor of solar power and to stop selling anything that uses single-use plastics. Then it’s just a matter of figuring out the travel part of the overall equation.
Hopefully, more artists will follow Coldplay’s lead.
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