Even though it’s been a bummer not to have concerts and the likes on, The 1975’s Matty Healy has spoken that touring needs to become eco-friendly, and that this era is “an opportunity” to stand against climate change.

Despite all the bad that coronavirus has done to the world, a smidgen of good has come from it with carbon emissions across the world drastically dropping. The 1975’s Matty Healy has spoken up about how we should approach the new normal once things calm down again, and details what he thinks eco-friendly touring could look like.

“I don’t think we’re going to get rid of live music, because there’s something about reaching out [to an artist] in a gig that ‘s really powerful. It’s like a religious pilgrimage. I’m thinking, get rid of gigs at night. Build a carbon neutral black tent that you kind of let light into, in an artistic way, and then use that to light the stage,” he stated in a recent interview with i-D.

Although he’s unsure about the finer details, he floats the idea that we can’t just completely return to normal, and that there needs to a major overhaul in our return: “This idea that people can just keep doing what they’re doing and massage it enough to make it socially acceptable is over. There has to be some kind of sacrifice.”

“We’ve just got to think about what live music is and what’s important about it. It’s about taking this as an opportunity to really take the climate crisis seriously,” he continued.

“We can’t go into a new world and start to rebuild it exactly like the last one, and then wait until it gets fucked again, and then start dealing with climate change. We need to start now.”

This isn’t the first time that The 1975 have address the boiling topic of climate change – the English pop-rock band have previously been praised with their efforts of promoting touring in a sustainable sense. Although it was postponed, their Finsbury Park gig in North London was going to be the “greenest show,” with multiple measures in place to offset emissions.

Check out Matty Healy in ‘If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)’ by The 1975:


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