Massive Attack: 'offset and forget' mentality of music industry is damaging planet

James Marshall
December 1, 2019

Massive Attack are teaming up with climate scientists to map the carbon footprint of the band while they are on tour.

Researchers at the Tyndall Centre - a collaborative body of scientists, economists, engineers and social scientists - will study the band's forthcoming tour to identify sources of carbon emissions.

The researchers from Manchester University's Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research will analyse data from Massive Attack's touring and recording schedule to look at three key areas where Carbon dioxide emissions are generated: band travel and production, audience transport and venue.

"This concern has deepened with each new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and the universal acceptance of the climate and biodiversity emergency".

"Offset and forget can not work in a climate & biodiversity emergency", they emphasise in the official statement released this morning, and stress the need for an immediate collective action across the music industry to efficiently reduce carbon impact.

"In its statement, Massive Attack also admit that the proposed changes might prove to be hard to implement, but emphasise that "'business is as usual' is unacceptable" now that the immediate action is required.

"It's more effective to have a sustained process of emissions reductions across the sector than for individual artists to quit live performances".

They warned it might possibly well maybe mean main changes for audiences.

Last week, Chris Martin said Coldplay will not launch a world tour for their latest album over environmental concerns.

The goal is to create a "roadmap to decarbonisation" of music tours and concerts, assisting "swift and significant emissions reductions", according to an article in The Guardian by Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, AKA 3D, who performed at an Extinction Rebellion street protest in London earlier this year.

"In reality, however, an entire global roster of acts would need to stop touring to achieve the required impact", he added.

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