Chris Martin, the Coldplay frontman said that the carbon footprints after the concert are too large for him to justify.
British band Coldplay has decided to press pause on their touring until the concerts become more environmental-friendly. The band recently announced that it won’t tour until then.
Chris Martin, the band's frontman made the announcement ahead of the Friday release of their new album, “Everyday Life.”
In a conversation with BBC, Martin said, "We're not touring this album. We're taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial. All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job."
Coldplay's last tour was for its “A Head Full of Dreams Kaleidoscope” album. The tour spanned across five continents where the band played 122 shows and it grossed more than $500 million.
But for their next tour, they want it to be carbon neutral and plastic-free. The ultimate goal of the band is to find a way to make their concerts a net-positive for the environment. But, according to Martin, the hardest part of going green is the environmental impact of air travel.
The band started thinking about the environmental impact of touring while on the road in 2017, the band's manager Dave Holmes told NBC News.
Holmes said, "For the last couple of years, we’ve been meeting with environmental organizations and charities with the ultimate goal of making our touring footprint carbon neutral."
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Along with 'carbon offsetting', the band also has plans to invest in environmental projects. Even though they understand that it is a difficult goal, they also know it's not an impossible one to achieve. There is no doubt that concerts produce a huge amount of plastic waste and have a large carbon footprint.
Adam Gardner, founder, and co-director of Reverb, an environmental nonprofit who has previously worked with Dave Matthews Band and Maroon 5 helped them to cut down on waste during the tours.
Gardner said, "Our philosophy is that it's not all or nothing. Not touring and not having live music exist isn’t feasible, but there’s lots more that can be done.”
Fine Stammnitz, a member of the Green Touring Network, has also outlined a lot of ways they can make concerts more sustainable. Fine has also applauded Coldplay’s decision and said it could do a lot to inform people about the environmental effect of a major concert.
She concluded saying, "Even if Coldplay fans are sad, they will at least be aware that this topic is super important."