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British alternative rock band Coldplay, who released their eighth album “Everyday Life” in November, said that they will not start their upcoming world tour until they determine how to make their concerts and touring process environmentally beneficial.

Frontman Chris Martin told BBC News that the band hopes to depend primarily on solar power and avoid single-use plastic. Coldplay’s most difficult eco-friendly tour issue is the airplane carbon emissions produced as the tour flies to its multiple shows.

The British band last toured globally in 2016 and 2017 for their 2015 “A Head Full of Dreams” album. The tour comprised 122 shows and travel to five continents with an audience of 5.4 million people. The band relied on 32 trucks, 109 crew members, and nine bus drivers.

Martin specified to BBC News that Coldplay will tour again after one to two years of planning how to make their concert tour both environmentally sustainable and beneficial:

“‘Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally,’” Martin said. “‘We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral.

“‘The hardest thing is the flying side of things. But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single use plastic, to have it largely solar powered.

“We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s no[t] so much taking as giving?’”

Aside from Coldplay, a handful of musicians and bands are working to go green, including eco pioneer Neil Young, Adele, Justin Timberlake, The Roots, the Dave Matthews Band, and Radiohead.

According to Rolling Stone, Some of various musicians’ many eco-friendly efforts include:

-Using tour busses that fun on biofuel;

-Building a geothermal energy-powered recording studio on an organic farm;

-Encouraging audiences to take public transportation to their concerts;

-Using their public figure status to help advocate with environmental organizations like Greenpeace, Vote Solar, and Drop4Drop.

Written by Nicole Foulke

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