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How we kept the “Global Citizen Live” sustainable in Paris



Concerts and music festivals are known to have a negative impact on the environment, from the amount of carbon emissions needed to put on a show and populate a venue, to the single-use plastic pollution that comes from consuming food and drink on site. It’s no surprise that as a result of this impact, there has been a global call to make them more sustainable.

Global Citizen has been hearing this call for a long time, and as Global Citizen Live took place on the weekend of September 25, we have strategies in place to ensure environmental protection at our Paris festival and all of our events in direct across the world.

Over the years, we’ve taken several steps to ensure sustainability is a priority at all of our festivals, and our one-in-a-generation event is no exception.

Defending the planet has been a key pillar of the Global Citizen Live campaign, and protecting the environment is an issue that is at the heart of what we do as an organization. This is why it remains important to us that we do what we can to put the planet first at all times. During our Paris event in particular, the eco-responsible solutions that we integrated into Global Citizen Live were both sustainable and innovative.

Here are three ways we’re putting the planet first at Global Citizen Live in Paris.

1.100 trees used in production will be planted around the city

On the Paris stage, creating a wonderfully green and organic backdrop throughout all performances, 100 saplings represented the need to plant trees to combat climate change.

These saplings served a dual purpose – not only were they used to help create beautiful set design, but they will be replanted throughout the city to continue their all-important emissions reduction work.

2. Coca-Cola has spearheaded a recycling initiative

One of the biggest pollutants at concerts and festivals is the packaging of food and drinks, and with that in mind, Global Citizen’s partner Coca-Cola implemented a recycling strategy at our event. Parisian.

Not only were there designated bins at the Champ de Mars where attendees could throw away plastic bottles for recycling after the show, but Coca-Cola also set up dedicated teams who regularly emptied bins throughout the show. event, searched for and collected stray bottles that were improperly disposed of and, after the festival ended, picked up any remaining empty bottles around the venue.

Coca-Cola went further by placing 60 people near the garbage areas who could explain to the public which bins they could use to dispose of certain garbage to optimize recycling efforts, and they placed signs at throughout the venue which reminded festival-goers to throw away their trash rather than littering.

Le Champ de Mars after Global Citizen Live in Paris.

3. Carbon offsetting for all our events

We’ve already offset our 2019 Global Citizen Festival in New York as well as our One World: Together at Home 2020 broadcast, and we plan to do the same with the 24-hour Global Citizen Live broadcast – for all of our events, not just Paris.

This means that we plan to offset greenhouse gas emissions produced by our global production by reducing emissions through other projects and arrangements.

Global Citizen has partnered with South Pole, a leading carbon and climate offset consultancy, to identify high impact projects in the forestry and sustainable agriculture sectors where we can invest.

The offsets we invested in benefited Envira Amazonia Tropical Forest Conservation in Brazil, which protects tropical forests, aims to preserve rich biodiversity and mitigates carbon emissions.

You can join the Global Citizen Live campaign to defend the planet and end poverty by act here, and be part of a movement driven by citizens around the world who are taking action with governments, businesses and philanthropists to make a difference.




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