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Joss Stone balancing her tour’s carbon emissions

By investing in renewable energy and tree-planting in India, Stone has, with the support of Energy Revolution, so far balanced 2.7m travel miles since 2014

By Jon Chapple on 05 Oct 2017

Joss Stone

image © David Venni

Joss Stone has become one of the first major artists to attempt to balance her carbon emissions from international touring.

Partnering with Energy Revolution, a charity set up to address the biggest source of CO₂ emissions in the live music sector – audience and artist travel – Stone has so far balanced 2.7 million travel miles by donating towards wind-power generation and reforestation in Tamil Nadu, India. Investing in renewables in India, explains the organisation, has a far greater impact than investing in, say, the UK, as India’s power stations emit twice the carbon of UK power stations due to their fuel mix.

“My Total world tour is a musical and social project that aims to bring people together and create joy through music,” comments Stone (pictured). “We are doing something positive with our music so it’s right that we must do something positive from our travel footprint, which is an unfortunate consequence of the tour and live music in general.

“We are doing something positive with our music so it’s right that we must do something positive from our travel footprint”

“I would love other artists and music audiences to balance their travel so we can improve the footprint of musicians and live music in general.”

Stone’s Total world tour kicked off on in 2014 and ends in late 2019. Her aim is to visit every country in the world while balancing the emissions associated with this travel.

Her next shows are at Vicar Street in Dublin, the Ulster Hall in Belfast, the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, St David’s Hall in Cardiff and the Royal Festival Hall in London.


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