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Coldplay’s Chris Martin discusses sustainability at Expo 2020  

In an interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson, Coldplay’s Chris Martin discussed the band’s commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment after a performance at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

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Martin was joined by UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Expo 2020 Director General Reem Al Hashimy who spoke about how Expo’s sustainability goals align with the band’s, “Coldplay does so many good things for the environment and for the planet and that’s what we’ve tried to do at Expo, is really design all of our programs around people and planet. And that’s why 192 countries have come here.”

Martin emphasised the links between Expo and the band, saying that both were working towards sustainable targets, “I think there’s a link with what Reem and Expo are trying to do and us, is that we’re trying to prove that being more eco-friendly can be profitable. So that those businesses or people that always say, well, we can’t afford to go clean or go green, that we can prove that well actually you can.”

The Coldplay frontman also discussed the band’s upcoming tour and their plans to stop releasing studio albums in 2025.

Al Hashimy on Expo’s commitment to the environment:

“Coldplay does so many good things for the environment and for the planet and that’s what we’ve tried to do at Expo, is really design all of our programs around people and planet. And that’s why 192 countries have come here and the dome, which represents a sense of inclusivity, and really bringing everyone together.”

Martin on the band’s upcoming tour:

“The whole show is powered from sustainable, renewable fuel rather, from batteries and solar and cooking oil and people powered things and there’s bits of flooring that create power by being jumped on, kinetic flooring.”

Martin on being more eco-friendly:

“I think there’s a link with what Reem and Expo are trying to do and us is that we’re trying to prove that being more eco-friendly can be profitable. So that those businesses or, people that always say, well, we can’t afford to go clean or go green, that we can prove that well actually you can. So it’s not a purely charitable exercise. We’re trying to prove that capitalism can be a bit more compassionate and eco-conscious.”

Al Hashimy on Expo’s responsibility to be sustainable:

“We at Expo have really tried to do the most we possibly can with this platform that we’ve had the privilege to host and the responsibility of doing something of this scale. At this time, we are trying to demonstrate that each of us has a responsibility to make an impact. It doesn’t matter if we get to that finish line. What matters is that we exert ourselves, we inspire each other to be more responsible, respectful and frankly to leave more of an impact.”

Martin on the band’s future:

“We have three more albums left to make, studio albums, and after we finish those albums, we’ll keep touring and we might make music in other ways, in other configurations and stuff.”

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