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Canada Joins 40-Plus Countries For Virtual Climate Live Concert

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Canada is one of 40-plus countries streaming a simultaneous Climate Live Concert April 24, two days after Earth Day, led by Fridays For Future groups — the organization founded by teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg who inspired 1.6 million youth around the world to stage school strikes.  A second global concert is already scheduled for Oct. 16. Thunberg will also appear on the event, along with other activists and scientists.

"With the pandemic it’s looking like most events will be ticketed so we can control numbers and social distancing," it states in the FAQ section.  "The tickets will be as cheap as possible and many countries are working on options for people who cannot afford tickets."

The Canadian concert is free and features Barenaked Ladies, Scott Helman, The Weather Station, Dan Mangan, Lia Pappas-Kemps, Whitehorse, Leah & Peter from July Talk, Julian Taylor, Luna Li, The Lifers, Communism, Moscow Apartment, Braden Lam, Veronica Johnny, and The Lifers.

Brighid Fry, 18, of folk rock duo Moscow Apartment co-founded Climate Live Canada and the supporting organization Music Declares Emergency Canada.

“Musicians who care about the planet need to be using our platform and influence to talk about this really pressing issue that everyone should be more worried about,” she said in a statement. “Canada is lagging behind almost every country in terms of reducing emissions. We need to change that. We can also push for the music industry to build back better and address the climate crisis by putting sustainability at the centre of the industry’s recovery. I’m hoping Climate Live can be a tipping point for making bold action politically necessary across our country and the world.”

Later this year, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26 — 26th United Nations Climate Change conference — will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, Nov. 1-12, during which government will renew their Paris Agreement pledges and “The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

The aims of the Climate Live Concert are the following:

Engage: Enlarge the global movement by engaging with a new audience through music.

Educate: Raise awareness of the challenges faced today by people on the front line of ecological breakdown, and the predictions by scientists for the future.

Empower: Pressure world leaders (political, economic and cultural) to take action to combat the climate crisis, with a focus on COP26.​

In a statement on the web site, Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UNFCCC who played a key role in the 2015 Paris Agreement, states, “There is no doubt that young people, informed by science, have brought the climate crisis to the attention of leaders from all sectors. It is now our generation’s responsibility to protect what we love from the damages of climate change by following up on promises with the necessary actions in this decade, to fulfil the goals of the Paris Agreement. I applaud our brilliant young people for stepping up again to hold leaders to account in the lead up to COP26 in 2021, when countries must come together to show we are on track for a resilient future. Our young people have asked whether we can hear them. It is time to demonstrate that we are truly listening.”   

The Climate Live digital extravaganza can be streamed via Twitch, or the Climate Live streaming webpage. The event will be followed by an after-party stream, which kicks off four hours later, at 12 a.m. EDT (April 25).

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