A new album by Coldplay titled “Everyday Life” has come out on the 22nd of November.  The group, willing to make sure that their tours’ environmental impact is limited to a minimum, are looking for effective methods of making it a reality. Before it happens, there will be no more than a few Coldplay concerts. This is the first band in the history of the music industry to give up a concert tour due to environmental concern.

“We’re taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial… The hardest thing is the flying side of things. But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it largely solar-powered.” – declared Chis Martin, the leader of the group in an interview with BBC news.

During the previous tour, Coldplay gave 122 concerts on five continents. This time there will be only three performances – two of them in Jordan, one during sunrise and the other during sunset, and a third one in the Museum of Natural history in London. All the revenue from these events will be donated to finance pro-environmental action.

Radiohead tours by ship

Radiohead is among other bands making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint – they transport equipment on a ship and use LED lighting for their concerts. The Depeche Mode musicians eat only in vegan restaurants and U2 also makes use of waterborne transport.  Some joke that it is the U2 group that will bring about the apocalypse as it has been calculated that the band’s concert tour generates a carbon footprint comparable to a trip to Mars. The data revealed by the scientists at Oxford exposes the huge environmental impact of the music industry and big stars – 500 concerts a year amounts to emissions of about 84 tonnes of CO².

The band Massive attack has commissioned special research at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research that shows a carbon footprint of each part of a concert, from the staff to a footprint of an audience.

In 2014 British scientists estimated the environmental impact of music festivals. That year, 300 large events took place resulting in the audience leaving behind 23.5 tonnes of trash, burning 5 million litres of fuel and generating 20 kilotonnes of CO² during the events and another 80 kilotonnes while travelling.

Is carbon-neutral pop culture achievable? Although right now it is far from that, examples such as Coldplay are worth following.

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