Sixteen international artists, including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Victoria Justice, Sheryl Crow, and Fergie, have banded together to support the campaign for action on global climate change by recording an anthem titled “Love Song to the Earth,” according to Billboard.
The track is written by McCartney, along with Natasha Bedingfield, Toby Gad, and John Shanks and was produced by Shanks and Gad.
During the announcement of the song’s release, Gad spoke of his hopes for the kind of impact that it will have on world leaders attending a climate conference in December.
“I hope this song will broaden the audience for this urgent message and give the politicians emotional support for meaningful climate agreement in Paris.”
Bedingfield also shared her thoughts on the project and how she hopes it will influence listeners.
“Many people turn a blind eye, arguing that everything is OK environmentally. The song reminds us that having ownership of our world means taking care of it. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”
Paul McCartney is a known supporter of climate change awareness. Just this past Earth Day, McCartney urged everyone to eat less meat to support the environment, as reported by Billboard. Paul is a founder of the campaign, Meat Free Mondays, in which members abstain from meat once a week to lower their carbon footprint.
With “Love Song to the Earth,” McCartney is helping to not only raise awareness about climate change, but he is also helping to fund groups that are taking action against it. Paul and the rest of the artists involved with the project will donate any proceeds they earn to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.
McCartney is probably the most influential artist on the project. Paul is 73-years-old but he is so iconic and still so popular that his shows sell out in minutes, according to Forbes. Tickets to a Paul McCartney concert have sold as high as $736.19 on the secondary market, meaning they have sold out in the ticket office and are now only available through those willing to sell their tickets. McCartney has only five remaining shows left on his Out There Tour.
Paul McCartney can be heard on “Love Song to the Earth,” along with the 15 other artists who contributed their voices to the project, today exclusively in iTunes for a week. The song will go into wide release on September 11.
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