“And just by coming you have had a tree planted, and helped a range of environmental organizations..."
Coldplay’s massive Music Of The Spheres Tour began last March, and the band had a huge undertaking in mind: to make their shows filled with confetti and pyrotechnics environmentally friendly. How have they gone so far?
In a new Billboard report, the publication has revealed that Coldplay have cut their emissions by 47% since their 2016-2017 Head Full Of Dreams Tour and managed to plant a whopping five million trees while touring the globe.
“When we first announced the Music Of The Spheres Tour, we hoped to make it as environmentally beneficial as possible and reduce our direct carbon emissions (from show production, freight, band and crew travel) by 50%,” the band said in a statement.
Coldplay notes that the results have been independently assessed and validated by Professor John E. Fernandez of the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative (ESI).
While the English band have made remarkable progress, they’re looking to go even further. “Now that we’re into the second year of the tour, we’ve started to run the entire show (audio, lights, lasers etc) from an electric battery system that allows us to use 100% renewable energy as efficiently as possible,” they said.
“We have been using electric vehicles and alternative fuels wherever we can, as well as reducing waste and plastic usage to a minimum.”
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Their statement continued, “And just by coming you have had a tree planted, and helped a range of environmental organizations [sic] like The Ocean Cleanup and ClientEarth (a team of lawyers who defend the environment). Thank you all and hopefully this time next year we will have made big improvements.”
In addition to the band’s moves towards environmental sustainability, they urge their fans to use different methods of transportation to their shows, and if a car is used, to carpool. Coldplay also encourages their fans to bring their own reusable water bottles to their mega-shows.
The band will perform at Optus Stadium in Perth on 18 and 19 November. Coldplay were last in Australia for 2016's A Head Full Of Dreams tour. Check out our reviews of their Sydney and Melbourne shows.
The Music Of The Spheres tour, which kicked off in Costa Rica’s San José on March 18th 2022, and has progressively made its way around the world, is one of the most progressive for accessibility. You can read the Billboard report here.