By Billy Restivo
In an effort to spread climate change awareness and take action to end extreme poverty, Global Citizen has confirmed No Doubt, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy, Train and My Morning Jacket as headliners at the 2015 Global Citizen Earth Day Event.
The event will take place on April 18 at the Washington Monument Grounds and will coincide with expected announcements from World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on their financial commitments to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end global poverty by 2030.
The faces behind Global Citizen are no strangers to rocking for a good cause. For the past three years they’ve brought artists including Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys and The Roots to New York’s Central Park at the Global Citizen Festival. This year’s expansion into D.C. is surely a step in the right direction for the organization, as co-founder and CEO Hugh Evans explains on the site. “Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day will see thousands of citizens calling on world leaders [to] continue to recognize that the effects of climate change are felt the hardest by the world’s poor,” he says. “The fact that this event is taking place on the National Mall—the epicenter for civil action—ensures that these citizens will be heard.”
Veteran journalist Soledad O’Brien and Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am are set to host the event, with special appearances from Common, D’Banj, and others to be announced within the next few weeks. Coldplay’s Chris Martin is also playing a supporting role in this year’s Earth Day celebration, and what’s more, the singer-songwriter will be taking the lead come September as the Global Citizen Festival curator for a tremendous 15-year gig.
Global Citizen is encouraging anyone and everyone to join in on the (free) fun April 18 from 11 am to 7 pm in support of the environmental movement and the development movement. If you’d like to learn more about the event or help Global Citizen take action, head over here.