The 1975 and The XX have signed up to participate in an emergency climate change campaign.
Music Declares Emergency (MDE) has been gathering signatures over summer to declare climate change as an ecological emergency. Since its launch, the campaign has collected 2,000 signatures.
The official description on the website reads: “Music Declares Emergency is a group of artists, music industry professionals, and organizations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. We believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future.”
Music giants have backed the campaign, including Abbey Road Studios, The BRIT School and AIM. Now, The 1975 and The xx have joined the cause. The addition of Rough Trade Shops has helped bring the signatories into the 2,000s.
Stephen Godfroy, co-owner of Rough Trade Shops, told Music Week: “Increasing humankind’s odds of survival in the face of the growing climate crisis is the major calling of our time. If music’s worldwide audience can be made aware, can trigger unified political action, then the time to find our global voice is now.
“Music Declares Emergency succinctly focuses our working lives into a co-ordinated response – it’s time everyone signed up, it’s time we turned up the volume.”
You can find out more about the campaign here.