More than 60,000 people filled Central Park on Saturday for the Global Citizen Festival, an annual event that mixes musical performances with activism aimed at ending worldwide poverty by 2030.
Artists such as Queen, Adam Lambert, Alicia Kees, Pharell Williams and OneRepublic took the stage during the five-hour festival that comes on the heels of the Global Climate Strike, led by teenage activist Greta Thunberg and the UN Climate Summit in New York.
Some artists used their platforms at the festival to talk about climate change.
"We ask fans to take action to ask some governments around the world … to contribute to the care of our oceans," said Lambert. "Fish and wildlife in the ocean literally tighten pieces of plastic and this kills them. "
Hugh Evans, founder and CEO of Global Citizen, says," This is really the most important 10 years for the Eradication of Extreme Poverty movement to tackle climate change. "
The Global Citizen Initiative will ended next year with Global Go Live: The Possible Dream, a 10-hour gig, who o It will be held in five continents in September 2020. The show will be broadcast live from New York, Lagos, Nigeria and other cities in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The festival will call on governments and businesses to raise millions of dollars to prevent plastic contamination, empower women, combat infectious diseases and provide quality education for future leaders.