Pamela LittkyA diverse group of artists led by Fall Out Boy, Train and No Doubt will headline Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, a free event that'll be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on April 18. Also on the bill are Usher, Mary J. Blige and rock band My Morning Jacket. Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will co-host with Soledad O'Brien.
The event -- a expansion of the annual Global Citizen Festival held in New York City's Central Park -- will mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and is designed to educate and inspire people to take immediate action, not only to solve climate change, but to end extreme poverty. Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project, says in a statement, "Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will see thousands of citizens calling on world leaders continue to recognize that the effects of climate change are felt the hardest by the world’s poor."
Additional performers and appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.
In a statement, No Doubt said, "Last year we rocked with 60,000 global citizens in Central Park, all committed to ending extreme poverty. We now help bring this movement to the nation’s capital, this time with a focus on climate change and its...effect on the world’s poor. We owe it to our children to protect our planet and their futures.”
Usher added, "I’m proud to lend my voice to the call to end extreme poverty, solve climate change, and educate our youth on such a historic stage.”
Fall Out Boy's statement said, "We are honored and humbled to be a part of this crucially important event. Taking direct action to make the world a better place...but for our kids and all future generations."
Train stated, " honored to lend our music to the movement to protect our environment. We are excited to join everyone on the National Mall to help shine a light on such important issues.”
“Our generation has the power to build a better world,” added Mary J. Blige. “On April 18th, we will come together for a day of music, education, and action as we call on world leaders to build a world free from poverty and climate injustice.”
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