Red Hot Chili Peppers singer pens op-ed on climate change
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis has co-written an op-ed piece for Rolling Stone calling for a push to solve what he called “the greatest threat to humankind”: climate change. In the piece, Kiedis documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy and the Malibu Foundation’s Trevor Neilson stated, “California is on the front lines of the climate crisis,” before running down the stats of the recent fires that wiped out the city of Paradise and destroyed large swaths of the Malibu area.
They continued, “These extreme weather events are going to accelerate if we don’t act now. The toll on human life and the environment is unfathomable. These events also come with a monumental price tag. New figures released this week show 2018 global disasters cost $160 billion. A third of that total came from just four events in the U.S., with California’s Camp Fire being the costliest disaster of 2018 at $16.5 billion.”
The op-ed called for support of a resolution that would declare a climate emergency for the state of California, while calling on the state to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adopt resilience and adaptation strategies, put vulnerable communities at the forefront of climate mobilization efforts, transition from industrial agriculture to regenerative farming and overhaul the transportation system.
Kiedis and the co-authors concluded, “According to the landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have only 12 years left to mitigate climate change. The clock is ticking. We need to come together and help solve the greatest threat to humankind and embrace our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”
The piece was published ahead of this past weekend’s “Love Sesh” benefit for the Malibu Foundation, at which Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck and St. Vincent all performed to raise awareness and funds for the foundation’s efforts to battle the growing climate problem.
Story source: Rolling Stone