Al Gore Kicks Off Ambitious 24-hour Environmental Awareness Marathon
Neil Young, Duran Duran, Mumford & Sons, and Florence + the Machine will be among the acts performing at former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s environmental marathon. Gore kicked off 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching at noon, U.S. East Coast time, on Friday.
The day-long live event aimed at advocating climate action ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France will also feature appearances from Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Hozier, Joss Stone, Jon Bon Jovi, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Fall Out Boy. “24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching is about making sure the people of the world are informed and engaged so that they can make their voices heard in their capitals and at the negotiating table in Paris,” Live Earth co-founder Gore said in a statement. “The UN climate talks can be a breakthrough moment to change the dangerous course we’ve set for our planet. We want the world’s leaders to know the world is watching, and it’s time for them to act.” The broadcast, streamed on the Climate Reality Project website, began in Cape Town, South Africa. Ryan Reynolds and Morgan Freeman will help Gore present the acts. 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching is the second star-studded marathon taking place today – the BBC in Britain is also staging its annual Children in Need telethon on Friday night.