British rock band urges Brazilian governors to protect the environment

August 25, 2021

The British rock band Coldplay on August 23 has called on eight Brazilian governors to join “Global Citizen Live” and commit to protecting the environment. 

In its Twitter account, the band urged the governors to use the event to announce their commitments to the environment and the fight against the climate crisis. 

“The states you represent have a great opportunity to make climate action history. Will you join us at #GlobalCitizenLive with commitments on conservation & adaptation?” the band said. 

The band called on Brazilian leaders Coronel Marcos Rocha, João Azevêdo, Wellington Dias, Camilo Santana, Waldez Góes, Helder Barbalho, Mauro Mendes, and Jesús Galdino Cedeño.

The Brazilian leaders were specifically targeted because of their closeness to either the immensely critical Amazon rainforest or the country’s North, which has been beset by worsening droughts and other climate impacts.

In the past, the eight governors have shown strong leadership on climate change. Coldplay believed that by focusing on the planet’s health, the leaders can help shape the country’s environmental direction over the next decade.

Global Citizen Live is a 24-hour global event starting on September 25 “to unite the world to defend the planet and defeat poverty,” according to the organizers.

The event features performances from artists, celebrities, and world leaders from countries on six continents including Lagos, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and Sydney. 

The event aims to gather the public, policy-makers, and stakeholders to come together to act on the impacts of the climate crisis and battle poverty.

Coldplay is the ambassador for the Global Citizen, an international movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. 

Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion met at the University College London and formed the band in 1996.

The band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Coldplay has supported various social and political causes, such as Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign and Amnesty International. 

It also performed at charity projects, including Band Aid 20, Live 8, Global Citizen Festival, Sound Relief, Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief, One Love Manchester, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Sport Relief, and the UK Teenage Cancer Trust.

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