Billie Eilish, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and More Join Music Declares Emergency US

Music Declares Emergency has launched a new “American Chapter”, with artists such as Billie Eilish, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire and Brian Eno supporting the cause.

Music Declares Emergency (MDE), a group dedicated to guiding the music industry’s response to the global climate and ecological emergency, has launched its US initiative with the support of artists passionate about the climate crisis.

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In addition to those above, other names pledging their support included The 1975, Major Lazer, The Pretenders, Annie Lennox, Tom Morello, Tom Odell and more. The official homepage of MDE US is located here.

Initially launched in the UK in 2019, MDE is now also operational in France, Germany, Switzerland, Chile and Canada. It has gathered over 6,000 signatures from across the music industry supporting a statement that calls for an immediate government response to do more to fight climate change.

A statement said, “Now, more than ever, it is time for the United States to join strongly and proactively in the rally to reduce and reverse greenhouse gas emissions.

“The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our time, and the power of music should take its place at the forefront of this important movement to create a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. The climate crisis is a matter of science, not politics. There is #NOMUSICONADEADPLANET.

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Fay Milton of Savages, who is co-founder of MDE, said in a statement: “If you ever want to get involved in climate action, now is the time.

“In a few years, it will be too late. Environmental “tipping points” are very close to the horizon, i.e. when the ice melts and no longer reflects the sun’s heat and the land suddenly begins to warm faster, or the permafrost thaws and releases loads of methane into the atmosphere. Once we reach these points, there is no turning back.

“That’s why kids are chaining themselves to buildings and sitting on the road in front of cars, desperate to get people’s attention. It’s really hard to think about all this and it’s really heartbreaking, but while there is still time, i will not stop doing my best to push for the change we need.

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders added: “This statement needs to be the moment the music steps up and really pushes the truth to our audience and confronts governments so things happen a lot faster.”

Earlier this week, MDE announced a new partnership with music industry organizations and a number of global artists to celebrate Earth Day 2022.

“From new technology to smarter finance, bringing the world together in song and revealing new releases from some of the biggest names in music, the week is a celebration of music’s ability to effect real change,” said the organizers in a press release. initiative.

The global project will see a number of artists take “Resolution Song” and perform it on camera to call for peace, unity, global harmony and climate action, celebrating differences and the similarities that bring us all together.

“‘Resolution Song’ is a joyous demonstration of the power of humanity when we come together,” organizers added. Learn more here.

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