Paul McCartney and Jon Bon Jovi have joined some of music’s biggest names to record a track that’s being touted as “the first song that earns royalties for Earth.”
Titled “Love Song to the Earth,” the recording unites McCartney and Bon Jovi as well as an array of pop and country artists that includes Sheryl Crow, Fergie and Colbie Caillat, among many others. Out now on iTunes, the project hopes to “inspire real action on climate change, and to support the United Nations’ call for a meaningful, universal climate agreement in Paris this December.”
More details are available at the Love Song to the Earth site, which explains, “Every time the song is purchased, streamed, or shared, the royalties go directly towards the efforts of Friends of the Earth to keep fossil fuels in the ground and lower carbon emissions, and to the work of the U.N. Foundation to inspire international action on climate change.”
The site also includes a petition it’s asking listeners to sign, which urges the delegates present at the summit in December to “take a strong stand to keep Earth safe at the global climate negotiations.”
ABC News Radio reports that the song’s iTunes release is scheduled to be followed by a roll-out to “all major music distribution outlets” starting Sept. 11, with a lyric video planned for release next week. As a UN Foundation rep explains in a press release, it’s all about helping raise awareness for the cause.
“When UN member states gather in Paris this December,” says UN Foundation chief communications and marketing officer Aaron Sherinian, “the voice of everyone, especially the entertainment industry, will help ensure the best outcome possible for a better future for all.”