Global Citizen veterans and champions for the environment, Coldplay, announced their long-anticipated return to the global stage after taking a four-year hiatus from touring.
The band posted their tour dates to Twitter on Thursday along with a heartfelt message on the climate crisis. Their new tour, “Music of the Spheres,” set to kick off March 2022, is putting the environment first by cutting carbon emissions by 50% and funding tree planting with each ticket sold.
“At the same time, we’re very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis,” reads the statement on the band’s Twitter page. “So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward.”
Coldplay announced in 2019 that they would not continue touring due to environmental concerns. Now, four years after their “Head Full of Dreams” tour, the chart-topping band is making new commitments to reduce their environmental impact and create a culture of eco-friendly music tours.
“We won't get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn. It’s a work in progress and we’re really grateful for the help we’ve had so far,” they said.
The band has aligned their goals with current climate action and advocacy, matching the targets set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and its Race to Zero campaign. The Race to Zero campaign was launched a year ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), to encourage nations to reduce global emissions by 50% by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
World leaders will gather at November’s COP26 conference in Glasgow to renew and hopefully increase their commitments toward climate financing, adaptation, and net zero contributions.
Coldplay are not only cutting their touring footprint wherever possible, but they also plan on offsetting their carbon emissions through planting trees and funding climate friendly technology projects.
In an interview with the BBC, the band’s frontman and Global Citizen International Festival Curator Chris Martin told entertainment correspondent Colin Patterson that the 2022 world tour would be powered entirely by renewable energy. Recognizing that generating emissions from flying is hard to avoid, Coldplay have teamed up with BMW to utilize rechargeable batteries for their shows that are powered by solar energy, recycled cooking oil, and the kinetic energy of their audiences.
When asked about possibly facing backlash that may come from announcing an eco-friendly tour that requires air travel, Martin explained that the band can only do their best and work toward becoming even better.
“Sometimes criticism leads to improvement. If that’s the case, then it was worth listening to,” said Martin. “So we could stay at home, and that may be better, but we want to tour and we want to meet people and connect with people. So we’ll try to do that in the cleanest way possible.”
The promise of an eco-friendly tour is just the latest in Coldplay’s environmental feats. The Grammy Award-winning group joined Global Citizen Live in September, showing major support as part of our Recovery Plan for the Worldcampaign, using their starpower on the New York City stage to defend the planet and defeat poverty, and tweeting directly at world leaders to help mobilize climate funding commitments.
Fresh off the success of their recent collaboration with fellow Global Citizen artists BTS and ahead of COP26, the announcement of a world tour that prioritizes the environment couldn’t come any sooner. Coldplay will perform on stages across the US, Europe, and Mexico to plastic-free shows while spreading awareness for the climate crisis. Global Citizen Live performer H.E.R. will also join the band as a special guest.
In the lead-up to COP26, Global Citizen is calling on governments of wealthy nations to deliver on their $100 billion pledge toward climate financing and adaptation for vulnerable countries; net zero commitments from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Australia, Italy, and Canada; and the planting and restoration of 1 billion trees by 2022.
If world leaders gathering in Glasgow increase their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and cut global emissions in half, we can keep the earth’s temperature within the 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Each commitment, pledge, and action is vital to stave the effects of global warming. This year’s climate conference has the potential to foster change and usher in a new generation of environmental protection.