Some of Australia’s biggest names have come together for an environmentally-minded concert over the weekend, performing as part of the Earth Hour celebrations on Sunday night.
Now in its 14th year, Earth Hour has managed to serve as one of the more notable attempts to engage Australians in attempts to combat climate change, and raising awareness of environmentalism.
Having first begun in Sydney back in 2007, the annual event sees households switch off all non-essential lights as a symbolic gesture, and has since spread around the world.
On Sunday night, Earth Hour 2020 took place between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, and to soundtrack the event, a number of Australian musicians took to YouTube in order to provide a livestreamed concert for fans.
Taking place in the comfort of their homes due to self-isolation restrictions, the concert featured appearances from the likes of Jack River, Montaigne, Cody Simpson, Polish Club, Bobby Alu, Dulcie, and Alice Skye, and undoubtedly drew comparisons to Isol-Aid, which was also taking place over the weekend.
In addition to seeing Montaigne dip into “I Am Not An End”, noted climate activist Jack River performed “Fools Gold” from her closet, while Polish Club’s David Novak ran through a rendition of “Divided”.
“Staying connected as a community and looking for positive ways we can contribute is more important than ever as the world responds to the coronavirus crisis,” explained WWF CEO Dermot O’Gorman,
“The act of switching off our lights for Earth Hour has always been a show of solidarity for stronger action on climate and a chance for millions of people worldwide to collectively raise their voice for nature.”
In related news, it was recently announced that the annual Earth Day celebrations had also been moved online due to COVID-19 fears and need for self-isolation.
“Amid the recent outbreak, we encourage people to rise up but to do so safely and responsibly,” explained Kathleen Rogers, President of the Earth Day Network, “in many cases, that means using our voices to drive online action rather than in person.”