On the morning of Tuesday 16th April, myself along with several other pianists will gather to perform an outdoor concert in an act of musical solidarity, voicing (playing in this instance) our views towards the growing concern of climate change.
We will add to the growing chorus around the world calling on governments to respond now to our “direct existential threat” as per António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-Generale.
The performance will be part of a cultural festival taking place in April on London streets supporting mass peaceful action to demand change.
ClimateKeys is a global initiative with a no-fly policy that has to date triggered over 60 events in 13 countries in which musicians and climate change experts collaborate to lead discussion on action against our warming planet.
Carbon emissions haven’t stopped rising and temperatures are heading towards 3°C. If we continue on our current course, future changes in climate could be dramatically abrupt and irreversible, seeing mass migrations, crop failures and unprecedented disasters. This is already putting pressures on the ecology, with 200 species going extinct every day due to habitat loss as well as change in climate.
A 2018 study of British mammals found that 1 in 5 could be extinct within a decade. It’s time to increase ways to shift the global narrative and generate the necessary political will.
2019 is arguably our last chance to drive policy and culture change so as to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the UN’s IPCC 2018 report which describes the enormous harm that anything above a 1.5°C rise in global temperature would cause. It told us that limiting to 1.5°C may still be possible yet requires “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”
The performance will run from 10:30 am, in Westminster Abbey on 16th April.
Come along show your support for a concert which is important to all of us!
- Posted by TeamHTP
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