Watch an Earth Day Concert Featuring Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, and More

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In light of Covid-19, the annual Pathway to Paris – this year celebrating 50 years of Earth Day – will move online this Sunday, with a line-up of musicians, activists and artists

This Sunday, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Rain Phoenix, Cat Power and more will perform a virtual concert to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day, which took place this Wednesday.

Pathway to Paris Earth Day 50: A Virtual Festival to Our Planet – put together by musician Jesse Paris Smith, the daughter of Patti Smith, and Rebecca Foon, a fellow musician – will also see contributions from climate activists, like Bill McKibben, and supporters from various fields, including skateboarder Tony Hawk and the artist Olafur Eliasson, who created a new immersive work to celebrate Earth Day earlier this week

Named for the Paris Climate Agreement which was signed on Earth Day in 2016, Pathway to Paris has previously seen musicians like Thom Yorke perform in events around the world. Now, due to Covid-19, the event will take place virtually via Instagram Live from 4pm EST on Sunday. 

“As humanity faces an unknown future, we must recognise the fact that we simply cannot go back to our behaviour from before. Both as individuals and as a globe, we are in a time of reflection, and now, more than ever, we have the opportunity to make great change,” the organisers said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

“Climate change is a global concern, and we have seen with Covid-19 what can happen when the world truly works together to come up with solutions in a time of crisis. Let’s treat the climate situation with that same urgency and passion. Let’s not go back to the world as it was. Instead, let’s move into the future with a renewed vision of how we want to live.”

Stay tuned to @pathway2paris to find out set times, with the festival beginning at 4pm EST on April 26, 2020.