A host of music artists and big-name stars — like Moby and Master of None‘s Eric Wareheim — are joining forces in L.A. for the second annual Climate Day on June 27.
The event, which focuses on developing local solutions to climate change, brings together more than 1,500 advocates, environmentalist leaders and musical acts for a day-long program in Downtown L.A, culminating in an evening gala with an enviable roster of performers.
“We are nature — if it weren’t for this planet and a fortunate sequence of evolutionary events, we would not exist,” Weyes Blood tells Billboard. “The fact people separate nature and the planet from their livelihood is so strange to me… I would hope that people would walk away [from the event] convicted.”
While acknowledging that climate change is a global issue, Jonathan Parfrey — founder of L.A. nonprofit Climate Resolve — says the event zeroes in on how L.A. residents can take on the climate challenge in their communities.
That’s where D.C.-based climate strategy organization ecoAmerica comes in. The experts will partner with Climate Resolve to develop plans for action on the individual level. “Even though the federal government is a mess, we have hope. L.A. and California are stepping up,” Parfrey says. “It starts in L.A., in California, and then spreads across the nation.”
Throughout, leaders including Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will focus on innovation in environmentalism — and Weyes Blood is all in. “This is a time for soul searching and letting go of preconceived ideas,” the singer adds. “In all likelihood we’re going to have to change the way with think about ‘being green.'”
For more information on Climate Day L.A., visit the event website here.