Climate: for the leader of Massive Attack, the musicians could take the train

(AFP) – To reduce their carbon footprint, touring musicians, “young or old”, can start by taking the train, said the leader of the group Massive Attack on Saturday at COP26, at the origin of a scientific report in an attempt to limit the climate impact of concerts.

“The first thing we can do is travel by train. It’s a simple choice, and it goes for all artists, big or small, to be honest,” said Robert Del Naja, aka 3D, who was participating. to an exchange at the UN climate conference.

The Bristol band has teamed up with the Tyndall Center for climate change to produce a report on How to Decarbonize 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 roadmap, to identify industrial partners who can help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” he said in a video presenting the project.

All the actors involved in the organization of the tours “have a responsibility to act, from the established groups that tour across the continents to the multinational promoters who have the real decision-making power”, adds this climate activist who already mentioned the subject in 1991 in his album Blue Lines.

During the same exchange, Dale Vince, boss of Forest Green Rovers Football Club, also insisted 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, our food sales were multiplied by six “, he said, throwing a spade at the one proposed at COP26, for him” next to the plaque”.