Concert Fights Climate Change

Patti Smith, Cat Power and Michael Stipe are among the artists gathering at New York’s Carnegie Hall in early November for “Pathway to Paris,” an initiative dedicated to achieving climate change goals set by the Paris Agreement.

Patti Smith
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– Patti Smith
Volkhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

Promising “incredible musical performances and rousing speeches,” the Nov. 5 event will also welcome Talib Kweli, Flea, Tanya Tagaq, author/ founder Bill McKibben, author/activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, and Tenzin Choegyal along with Pathway To Paris founders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith.

“We believe in the power of music and its ability to heal and unify citizens in a time of crisis,” Jesse Paris Smith said in a statement. “The world must work as a team, and the cities of our planet must join together to lead the way.”

Jesse, the daughter of Patti Smith and Fred “Sonic” Smith, is a composer, instrumentalist, activist and producer. In addition to being an activist, Foon is a cellist and composer. 

“This is our moment to move toward a renewable, resilient future as we are running out of time,” Foon said.  “We can achieve this by working together to create resilient cities that are no longer dependent on fossil fuels and create a world we want to live in.”

Partnering with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and, Pathway To Paris is scheduled on the eve of COP 23, a United Nations conference in Germany focused on finding climate change solutions.

Tickets are on sale now.