Target: Sting, musician and founder of the Rainforest Foundation
Goal: To thank Sting for listening to environmentalists’ voices and changing the venue for his upcoming concert, preventing the loss of trees in the area
In agreement with his personal environmental activist views, British musician Sting has changed the venue for his upcoming “Back to Bass” concert in Manila, Philippines. The concert was scheduled to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena until a petition by environmentalists was presented, highlighting the fact that the venue owners were planning to uproot nearly two hundred trees for commercial expansion. Continuing with the concert as planned would be counterintuitive for the known philanthropist and founder of the Rainforest Foundation.
The SM Mall of Asia Arena is owned by the country’s largest shopping mall chain SM Prime Holdings, which itself is owned by Henry Sy, the richest man in the Philippines. The conglomerate came into the spotlight in April of this year when their plans to remove 182 trees for a parking lot and mall expansion in a northern mountain city were first scrutinized. Not only would this uprooting alter the landscape of the area, but it is also believed that removing the trees would significantly increase air pollution and the risk of landslides and flooding in an area near schools.
Sting and his wife Trudie Styler co-founded the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 following a personal request by the leader of the Kayapo people of Brazil to help protect their community. Since then the organization has succeeded in helping to protect 28 million acres of rainforest across the globe. Naturally, by supporting the removal of trees, Sting would be contradicting the very idea that he believes in.
Sign this petition in support of Sting standing up on behalf of a community and their natural environment. The simple act demonstrated how our personal actions affect more than just ourselves and have the potential speak volumes. Hopefully this will inspire more people, from performers to politicians, to fight for good.
We applaud you for listening to the requests of local environmentalists and changing the venue for your upcoming concert. While it had little direct effect on you and the success of your show, this decision was imperative for efforts to defend the natural environment.
Your decision illustrates how one person’s actions can make a difference for the greater good. It also shows the importance of corporate transparency. Hopefully your actions will encourage others in the industry and beyond to take a positive stand for what they believe in.
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