On Friday night, Earth called. By Sunday evening, that call had been answered.
Earth’s Call is a new nonprofit organization fully committed to finding and funding the most innovative solutions to combating the climate crisis. The organization officially launched on Friday night with a three-day Celebration Weekend, with multiple components, each of which was geared toward the organization’s ultimate goal: reducing global temperatures and healing the planet.
Saturday started off with Earth’s Call’s own innovation lab, Composing the Future, in which some 80 experts from across a variety of disciplines (including biological psychologist Diana Reiss, Mayan activist Grandmother Flordemayo, and Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality leader Daisy Khan) broke into groups of eight — each tied to a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) — and spent much of the day developing solutions, which they shared with the larger group at the end of day.
After a light reception for the Composing the Future team, a major global concert kicked off at the Benedict Music Tent, in which Grammy Award winners Colbie Caillat, Anthony Hamilton, Mickey Hart, Patti LaBelle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Natalia Lafourcade, and Alan Parsons shared the stage with global messengers of conscience, newcomers the Compton Kidz Club, and the Earth Symphony Orchestra, backed by the immersive special effects of renowned Broadway team Batwin + Robin. The show concluded with a finale featuring all of the artists, as well as representatives of the Southern Ute native American tribe, in an all-star jam to the song “Taking It To the Streets.”