One Tree Planted To Fulfill Coldplay’s Reforestation Targets Around Music Of The Spheres World Tour
Diana Chaplin | October 14, 2021 | 4 min read
For Immediate Release:
One Tree Planted is proud to announce that we will be working with Coldplay to plant one tree for every ticket sold around the band’s Music Of The Spheres World Tour through a global reforestation agreement to create positive environmental impact. The tour is set to kick off in Costa Rica in March of 2022.
In 2019, Coldplay announced that they would pause touring until concerts could be “environmentally beneficial” and have taken this time to develop the best possible strategy to minimize the carbon footprint of touring. Now, with the announcement of their upcoming world tour, along with a new album, Music Of The Spheres, the band is also unveiling a new focus on sustainability.
That’s where One Tree Planted comes in as a key partner to implement Coldplay’s vision of a healthier and greener planet through the execution of quality reforestation projects. We had previously been a partner of Coldplay’s merchandising collection, whereby one tree was planted for every purchase of a signature T-shirt, and now we are setting our sights on much bigger initiatives. Coldplay’s commitment will begin with quality restoration projects in 5 regions: California, the Andes, Brazil, Romania, and Haiti. Further details and ways to get involved can be found here.
Top right Photo Credit: (c) Daniel Mîrlea
“It’s an exciting honor to support Coldplay’s focus on reforestation,” says Matt Hill, One Tree Planted’s Chief Environmental Evangelist. “They are incredible role models whose dedication will create an amazing impact for forests and local communities.”
Reforestation is the process of planting trees in areas that have been deforested or otherwise degraded to help restore healthy forests. Over time this will lead to a diverse range of environmental benefits from creating habitat for biodiversity to preventing soil erosion, along with a positive social impact for local communities in the form of job creation and access to resources for environmental stewardship.
The projects have begun this year and are all slated to be completed in 2022. Here are all the unique project details.
The California reforestation project will take place in Healdsburg and Usal, California. Trees will be planted to restore the land after the Walbridge Fire of 2020, which burned over 55,000 acres, as well as to support biodiversity through the recovery of conifer species after historical overcutting.
Benefits include local job creation, prevention of soil erosion into local streams and salmon habitat, and the re-establishment of environmental public trust values. In all cases, forest stewardship in these projects is guided by a nonindustrial forest management plan, which is rigorously examined by numerous state agencies including the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Geological Survey.
The Andes reforestation project is the first multi country, large scale, grassroots initiative to restore the high altitude native forests of South America's high Andes. The overall objective is to restore 1 million hectares of high Andean forests across 6 countries over the next 25 years.
The trees planted here will help restore wetlands, safeguard existing forest, and protect critical Amazon headwaters.Working with local and indigenous communities, the seeds are collected from nearby Polylepis forests and grown in community nurseries. Once ready, they're planted on designated lands to expand existing forests, or to seed new ones in historically deforested areas.
The Haiti reforestation project is helping to control erosion, provide safe water supply, and stabilize forestrywithin eight micro-watersheds across the country of Haiti.
A watershed – the land area that drains to a stream – is important to the overall physical and socio-economic health of local communities due to their roles in protecting water quality through filtration and providing carbon storage among many other benefits. The trees planted here will help protect communal water sources, support the local economy, and maintain crop livelihood.This project will also continue to support mangrove restoration to champion a “ridge to reef” vision.
Our tree planting project in Brazil is located in the Serra da Mantiqueira region in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil, critical to the conservation of water in the the São Paulo state and benefitting several municipalities in the surrounding area.
This forest biome is considered a “hotspot” of biodiversity while only 13% of the original forest remains, further emphasizing the necessity for restoration. The goals and long-term benefits include improvement of the quality and quantity of water in the watershed, increased habitat and ecological corridors for local fauna, and carbon sequestration.There will also be a positive social impact for nearby communities of landowners, seed collectors, and organizations.
Photo Credit: (c) Dan Dinu
The Fagaras Mountains are the highest mountains of the Southern Carpathians, also known as the Romanian Alps. They offer extraordinary views of the carved glaciers and surrounding forests. Sadly, significant swaths of forest were cut down during the period of 2005-2015.
Our Romania reforestation project will focus on restoring forest biodiversity through native species including Beech, Fir, Spruce, Elm, Mountain Ash, and Pine trees. This will help re-establish the natural forest compositionalready adapted to future climate change, and restore the forest floor where erosion has previously caused a loss of topsoil resulting in negative consequences for river dwelling fauna. This project will also provide economic opportunities for the local community.
It has been a pleasure to work with the Coldplay team and we look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting these trees in the ground! Stay tuned for Coldplay’s project-related updates as they happen, and join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for even more global restoration stories. And you can always plant a tree anytime to support the mission of global reforestation.