Thousands flocked to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for a rally and concert featuring Usher, No Doubt, Mary J. Blige and others, in celebration of Earth Day!
According to USA Today, the Earth Day rally, held on Saturday, April 18, was focused on standing together to make a change with global poverty and climate change. Hosted by newscaster Soledad O’Brien and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am, the event brought together music and speeches from various dignitaries to discuss the issues with our planet.
Usher, who just had surgery on his foot earlier in the month, performed with a cast on his left leg and gold-colored crutch, performed with a cast on his left leg. “D.C., one foot don’t stop no show,” he said. “I wouldn’t miss this for anything in the world. This is all about love, hope, togetherness, peace.” Dedication to save the least!
Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers believes that eliminating poverty will require solving climate change. “Whether it’s the big migrations we expect to see or soil depletion or emptying the oceans, loss of species, loss of timberland — all these things are creating poverty at the same time that they are also creating climate change issues,” she said. Advocates for both issues are collaborating for sustainable development worldwide.
The free event ran from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and was a collaborative effort between Earth Day Network, Global Citizen, and other sponsors. Earth Day itself is observed on April 22.
It sounds like the rally and concert was an amazing time. From pictures I’ve seen, many people came out, and there were different stands for various environmental organizations for people to become aware of the issues facing our planet. A great movement!
Image via Richard Chapin Downs Jr., Getty Images for Global Citizen