Coldplay have taken the initiative and have put their plans to tour on hold, while they consider how to make their tours environmentally friendly. We must all take the initiative too.
Last week, the British band stated that they will not go on a world tour to promote their latest album, citing environmental concerns. Indeed, the band have said it will not tour again until the shows can be done in a sustainable way in a bid to become as environmentally friendly as possible.
In an interview with BBC News last week, frontman Chris Martin said the band are taking their time to work out how to make touring sustainable and not damaging to the environment.
Traditionally, large music concerts have huge carbon footprints and produce a massive amount of plastic waste. The travel of both fans and performers, lighting and merchandise all have negative environmental impacts. They would like to host a gig with no single use plastics, to have it largely solar powered.
It is important to the band to be able to turn it around, so they’re not as much taking, as giving. Chris Martin said, it was a question of “just accepting that you have to do your best and not be critical over others.” He also expressed optimism that others will “catch up, if you prove that it’s easy to do it the right way.”
Their last album tour, “A Head Full of Dreams,” was in November 2017.