Last updated on November 24th, 2019
The growing concern over climate change demands urgent need to understand and act accordingly, has led the music industry to walk in that direction. Coldplay, a British rock band, informed that they have put plans to tour their new album on hold, following worries over environmental impact of concerts.
The raging issue has already seen many activists come out and spread awareness in order to bring about the much needed change, especially in day-to-day activities. “We’re not touring this album,” lead vocalist Chris Martin told BBC News. “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,” he continued, saying the band wanted their future tours to “have a positive impact”.
On Friday, Coldplay released their new album Everyday Life, and instead of spending the time touring on the road, the band played two gigs in Jordan, which were broadcasted free to audience via YouTube. Reportedly, the songs from Everyday Life had been inspired in part by BBC News reports about an Afghan Gardner and a Nigerian hymn composer.
Coldplay last traveled the world on their A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which saw them perform as many as 122 stage shows across five continents in 2016 and 2017. The same was expected as part of their new release, until the latest revelation of putting environment first came.
“Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally,” Chris Martin said. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral. The hardest thing is the flying side of things. But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single use plastic, to have it largely solar powered,” he added.
Notably, the last time when Coldplay was on tour, it employed 109 crew members, 32 trucks and nine bus drivers, who traveled along the band that played at 122 concerts. Other than the band’s movement, the number of fans traveling to and fro was also seen as an environmental pollutant.
The latest initiative has taken Coldplay a step ahead of everyone. Their message is clear, powerful and hopefully strong enough to sway masses to do their bit for protecting environment. The band is not only leading by example, but also living by the notion of the great Indian Leader, Mahatma Gandhi, who said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Coldplay will perform one-off concert for their fans at the Natural History Museum in London on 25 November. The money earned from this show will be donated to an environmental charity.