Over 100 artists will take part in a second round of “Live Earth” concerts across seven continents on June 18., former U.S. vice-president Al Gore and singer Pharrell Williams announced Wednesday.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the two said the June event aims to raise awareness and demand action on environmental issues in the run up to a United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December.
“Instead of just having people perform, we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once,” said Williams, the event’s creative director, who has previously donated proceeds from his music to the Alliance for Climate Protection.
Gore said the event would be the largest ever of its kind, predicting an audience of 2 billion via TV, radio and online coverage. “The purpose is to have a billion voices with one message, to demand climate action now,” added Gore, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change since leaving office in 2001.
The concert will play from Antarctica, as well as in “major stadiums” in China, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and the U.S.. The event will end at France’s national stadium in Paris, where a major climate pact is set to be signed at the December conference.