The organizer of Live Aid reveals plans for worldwide concerts to address the urgent issue of climate change.
Harvey Goldsmith, the concert organizer who supported the London portion of Live Aid and various other charitable events and large concerts, has revealed a fresh long-term initiative to aid in addressing the climate crisis.
In August 2025, Earth Aid Live will occur in six different countries on five continents, including London, Los Angeles, and Rio de Janeiro. The lineup for the event has yet to be revealed. Goldsmith also has plans for similar events in 2030 and 2035, which will include both virtual and live concerts in the metaverse.
Goldsmith expressed enthusiasm as he declared the upcoming events, celebrating “a fresh era characterized by togetherness, longevity, and a profound beneficial influence on the Earth. Expanding upon our previous accomplishments with Live Aid, our goal is to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds in the common goal of improving our world.”
The planned events aim to transition away from traditional fundraising methods, modeled after Live Aid’s success in raising funds for famine relief in Ethiopia. Earth Aid Live hopes to inspire broader action against climate change among its audience, including individuals, communities, corporations, and governments. The organizers are committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions from the events and providing transparent reporting on their carbon footprint.
In 1985, Goldsmith was approached by Bob Geldof, the organizer, to help raise £140m for Live Aid. He continued to support charitable causes by promoting concerts for organizations like the Prince’s Trust and Teenage Cancer Trust. In addition, he has been involved in numerous tours, performances, and musical productions with renowned artists like Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, and Luciano Pavarotti.
Earth Aid Live is the latest large-scale effort from the entertainment industry to draw attention and fundraising to the climate crisis. In 2007, Goldsmith advised on Live Earth, a global event series organised by Al Gore and entrepreneur Kevin Wall, which featured performers such as Madonna, Kanye West and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Global Citizen festival, which takes place every year and focuses on fighting poverty, has incorporated a new aspect of climate activism in recent times. Their event, titled “Power Our Planet: Live in Paris,” was held in June 2023 and featured performances by popular artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Jack Harlow, and Billie Eilish, who is known for her advocacy for climate awareness. Other organizations involved in addressing climate change within the music industry include Reverb and EarthPercent, co-founded by Brian Eno.
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