Sing for the Climate Concert Moves Community to Do It Now!

Join the call of the Sing for the Climate Concert to act now on climate change.  Maggie Longmire, a mover within the local music community and concert emcee, has brought together a line-up of local artists to perform on the stage of World’s Fair Park Amphitheater.  The concert’s goal is to move the audience to take action through inspiring songs and messages touching the many dimensions of climate change.

“People all over the world, across our country, and here in Knoxville are taking a stand on climate change.  We know how to stop the harm.  Together we can do it! But we must move quickly. Do it now! That’s what this concert is about.” said Maggie Longmire.

Along with Maggie Longmire and Free Soil Farm, included in the line-up are Jay Clark, Greg Horne, the Accidentals, Sara Pirkle, the Emancipators, the TN Valley Unitarian Universalist choir, the Children’s Choir, Carpetbag Theater Ensemble, and perhaps some surprise drop in artists.  Also, speakers will deliver climate messages from the stage, including Joanne Logan, UT climatologist, and Stan Johnson, a social justice advocate.

Twenty cross-cutting community organizations have partnered with the concert, representing the many dimensions of climate change – from the need to reduce our carbon emissions by half by 2030 to social justice, from making a moral choice to immigration rights, from growing locally to voter education, from caring about the earth to caring for each other.  These and other issues reflect the messages that both the partners and performers will lift up.

This free and family-friendly concert will bring together diverse people of all ages. Concert organizers ask everyone to bring their own water-bottles, which they can refill at concert water stations. The concert will reduce its own carbon-footprint as a zero-waste event and will account for the concert’s transportation-related carbon pollution.

“From the concert stage, we will announce the next climate action Next Step that we can all work on together.  Also, we want everyone to come on out to the concert and get plugged into one of our action group partners tabling at the concert.  Each of us has the opportunity to make the changes that will make the difference.” said Longmire.

The Sing for the Climate Concert happens 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at the World’s Fair Park Amphitheater.  The free concert is a project of the TN Interfaith Power & Light.

More information about the concert performers and partners at www.climateknoxville.org.

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