By Tim Saunders on
British alternative rockers Radiohead are the latest band to turn their current world tour environmentally-friendly.
The band – which consists of Thom Yorke on lead vocals, Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien on guitar, Colin Greenwood on bass, and Phil Selway on drums – are reducing their carbon emissions by limiting the amount of equipment they take with them, using low-energy LED lights and refillable water bottles, and making all of their merchandise from recycled materials. It is an effort that has not escaped notice from Friends of the Earth, whose spokesperson Anna Mitchell is delighted with the band’s attempts to be eco-friendly.
“I’m not sure whether it is the most environmentally friendly tour ever, but it certainly feels like it,” she said. “They are doing everything they possibly can to cut emissions. It’s incredibly impressive.”
The green initiative continued with Radiohead’s tour of Scotland last week, where the band called on concert-goers to lobby their MSPs and push for an effective law as part of Friends of the Earth’s Big Ask campaign.
“We’re doing what we can to tackle climate change and encourage our fans to do the same,” said Thom York. “It’s time our politicians play their part as they are the only ones who can put the structures in place that will help us. That’s why I am supporting the Big Ask Scotland and asking anyone who cares about climate change to support it too, either by taking action at one of our concerts or online at www.bigaskscotland.org.uk.”
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