From Billie Eilish in New York to BTS in Seoul, Pop Celebs Use Music to Raise Climate and Vaccine Awareness


PARIS: From Billie Eilish in New York to BTS in Seoul to Elton John in Paris, some of pop’s biggest names on Saturday unite their star power for Global Citizen Live, a worldwide event to raise awareness about climate change, equality of vaccines and starvation.

Concerts taking place in London, Lagos, Rio, Sydney, Mumbai and more will be broadcast worldwide for the event, which will coincide with the United Nations General Assembly this week.

The star-studded line-up will also push for action at the G20 next month and the COP26 climate meeting in November.

Eilish, Coldplay and Jennifer Lopez will perform in Central Park in New York, where British Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will also be on stage.

Stevie Wonder will perform in Los Angeles, while Ed Sheeran will headlining in Paris alongside Elton John, Black Eyed Peas and Stormzy.

And there will be pre-recorded performances from BTS in South Korea, superstar DJ Alok in Rio, Kylie Minogue in London and Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany.

“On six continents, artists will help rally citizens by demanding that governments, big business and philanthropists work together to defend the planet and overcome poverty,” the NGO Global Citizen said in a statement.

He said he was focusing “on the most pressing and interrelated threats that hit people in poverty hardest – climate change, vaccine equity and starvation.”

Many other artists – including Metallica and The Weeknd – are also involved, whether through live or filmed performances.

Global Citizen has said he wants a billion trees planted, a billion vaccines delivered to the poorest countries and meals for 41 million people on the brink of famine.

The organization has been behind other large-scale charity events, including “Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World” earlier this year in Los Angeles.

It brought together musicians, actors, celebrities, world leaders and even the Pope, in a united call for global vaccination to fight Covid-19.

Global Citizen describes itself as a movement with a mission to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Its app uses incentives such as concert tickets to encourage users to lobby governments on issues of sustainability and equality.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Ghebreyesus, gave his support to the latest campaign, calling for equality of vaccines.

“We are now facing a two-way pandemic of haves and have-nots,” he said.

“We cannot ignore this blatant injustice or become complacent.”

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