(AFP) – To reduce their carbon footprint, touring musicians, “young or old”, can start by taking the train, said Saturday at the COP 26 the leader of the group Massive Attack, behind a scientific report to try to limit the climate impact of concerts.
“The first thing we can do is travel by train. It’s a simple choice, and that goes for all artists, big or small, to be honest,” said Robert Del Naja, alias 3D, who was participating in an exchange at the UN climate change conference.
The Bristol group partnered with the Tyndall Center for climate change to produce a report on how to decarbonise live music. The researchers interviewed the group, but also promoters, agents … to build a “roadmap”, now available to all players in the sector. This focuses in particular on transport (teams, equipment, the public) and concert halls and venues.
“We already preferred the train to the plane, but we had reached our limits “, explains the musician, who also wanted to stop being satisfied with carbon offsets.
” Today our challenge is to activate this sheet road, to identify industrial partners who can help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions “, he says in a video presenting the project.
All actors involved in the organization of tours “have a responsibility to act, from established groups that tour across continents to multinational promoters who have real decision-making power”, adds this climate activist who already raised the subject in 1991 in his album Blue Lines.
During the same exchange, Dale Vince, boss of Forest Green Rovers Football Club, insisted also on the importance of the food offered at events attracting a large audience.
For nearly ten years, his club has only offered vegan menus. “People initially thought we were telling them what to eat. We said, listen, a game is two hours every two weeks. Why don’t you try? What if you don’t like our food, bring yours. Our fans came and they liked it, our food sales were multiplied by six “, he said, throwing a spade at the one proposed at the COP 26, for him “beside the plate”.