The fourth annual Pathway To Paris concert, organized by the Global Climate Action Summit, is set to kick-off this September with a group of star-studded headlining artists.
Bob Weir of Grateful Dead/Dead & Company, singer/songwriter Patti Smith, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea will lead the show. Artists Eric Burdon, Tenzin Choegyal, and Ethiopian performer Imany will also take the stage, along with Pathway To Paris founders Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon.
The event revolves around the celebration of climate action, focussing on “the potential for cities to push for, achieve, and go beyong the climate targets highlighted in the Paris Agreement,” a press release states.
Along with musical performances, the Icelandic visual artist Olafur has prepared an interactive collaboration with audience members. He will ask the crowd to hold up Little Sun solar lanterns to display a solar-powered “sunrise,” in hopes to raise awareness for climate action as well as energy equality.
Co-founder Jesse Paris Smith explained that the best way to improve is through collaboration, just like the issue of climate change.
“We must join together to make this the most ambitious collaboration of our century,” she said. “We will not be able to implement crucial and challenging solutions to climate change, plastic pollution, and all urgent environmental problems as long as we stand divided. Inseparable from the issue of climate change is the need for world peace, global communication, and an international collaboration unmatched by any event in human history.”
Foon added that cities play a crucial role in transforming our world from the era of fossil fuels to a “renewable world.”
“This is our time to make this shift and transform our cities to become sustainable, resilient cities for us all and future generations,” Foon said. “This is our chance as our window of time is narrowing.”
The event will be held at the Masonic in San Francisco, California on September 14. This is the fourth annual event, which began in 2015 after the Paris Agreement. Last year, Pathway To Paris introduced its new initiative, “1,000 Cities,” which urges cities around the globe to transfer from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2040.
Tickets go on sale today, July 13.