Music superstars have come together to stress the importance of protecting our environment.
A group of artists, including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow recorded "Love Song to the Earth" -- a new song dedicated to rallying people to climate action and supporting the U.N.'s efforts to get nations to agree on a universal climate agreement.
The song was released on iTunes and Apple Music on September 4, but will have a wide release a week later, according to a press release. Apple, as well as artists, producers and directors involved in the song plan to donate their proceeds to environmental organization Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.
Toby Gad, who helped write the star-studded track -- which comes out months before December's climate conference COP21 in Paris -- says he hopes the song will open people up to the importance of fighting climate change.
“When the U.N. asked me to write a song about climate change I felt honored and inspired. So, my friends and I wrote ‘Love Song to The Earth’, focusing on a positive message about how precious our only planet is," Gad said in a statement. "I hope this song will broaden the audience for this urgent message and give the politicians emotional support for meaningful climate agreement in Paris 2015.”
Other stars who were featured in the song include Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Sean Paul, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’Orianka Kilcher. A video is set to be released on September 11, and will include celebrities, scientists and others holding up messages of support for our environment.
While the artists want to convey a sense of urgency in fighting climate change, Bedingfield, who also helped write the song along with Gad, John Shanks and Sean Paul, says the song is ultimately meant to uplift others in regards to the subject.
“We wanted to write a song that is about how when you love something, you look after it,” Bedingfield said in a statement. "While we know about the environmental issues, we’re unsure if there is any hope. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”
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