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Do I... like Coldplay now?
For the past two decades, Coldplay has been wooing audiences all over the world with its distinct rock style and alluring lyrics. From classics like Fix You and The Scientist to more recent releases like Trouble in Town, let’s say that we are honored to have the chance to bask in the glory of its music.
过去的二十多年里，Coldplay以其新颖的风格和歌词在世界各地圈粉无数。其经典歌曲Fix You，The Scientist，和新歌Trouble in Town都让我们觉得能享受他们的音乐是一种荣幸。
Apart from making a splash in the music world with its sound waves, the band has recently made ripples in the news by stating that the group will not go on a world tour for their new album promotion until they can figure out how to put on a show in a more environmentally friendly way. Not just sustainable, but actually beneficial to the environment.
This comes at the heels of growing awareness for climate change and environmental impact. As people and cities all over the world are feeling the effects of climate change in their very own homes, there is a need for more urgent planning and action. While on the household level, there are various small steps that can be taken to achieve a zero-waste lifestyle (which we have introduced in our previous articles!), large-scale events like a Coldplay concert seems daunting. Can a concert on that scale be sustainable, and possibly even beneficial to the environment?
Concerts at such a massive scale have large carbon footprints, from the traveling made by performers and audiences to the scale of single-use plastic waste that accumulates at the end of the concert. Not to mention all the energy used in creating the stage and organizing the venue.
Frontman Chris Martin sums up his ideal world tour, “Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally. 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. We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s not so much taking as giving?”
Coldplay’s last tour was in 2016-17, coming to a total of 122 shows globally, which promoted its A Head Full of Dreams album. But for this new album, Everyday Life, Coldplay performed a two-part concert in Amman, Jordan, with free live streaming on YouTube. On November 25, 2019, a charity concert was held at London’s Natural History Museum with proceeds going to support ClimateEarth, an environmental law non-profit. Fans will now have to wait a while before they can see Coldplay live on stage again.
他们最近一次巡演是为了宣传其专辑A Head Full of Dreams，在2016-17，一共在全球办了122场。这次为了新专辑Everyday Life，他们在约旦的阿曼办了两场演唱会，并且免费在油管上直播。2019年11月25号，他们又在伦敦的自然历史博物馆办了一场公益演唱会，所有收益捐给了ClimateEarth，一个环境立法领域的公益组织。粉丝们想看他们现场表演可要等一段时间了。
The band has announced quite an ambitious goal, but it comes at a crucial time where we have to become increasingly aware of how we are harming the environment. Other commendable efforts made by artists include The 1975 pledging to plant a tree for every ticket sold to its shows and Billie Eilish introducing a ban on plastic straws in her shows as well as setting up an “Eco-Village” providing resources about climate education onsite.
他们的目标并不小。但是在这个关键时期，我们都需要清楚的认识我们对环境的危害。其他一些艺人也有可圈可点的动作。The 1975宣布将会为每张门票种一棵树。Billie Eilish在其演唱会禁止一次性吸管，并用“Eco-Village”为粉丝提供全球变暖的教育。
Little actions like refusing plastic straws, cutting down on single-use plastic containers can go a long way in events like large-scale concerts. Monitoring carbon emissions and opting for clean energy use are other ways that can be examined by event organizers. And, of course, carbon offsets can help support reaching carbon neutrality. Hopefully, in this new year, we will see more of our favorite artists and bands coming together to support the right causes to help us save the environment.