Nature's Calling

Earth’s Call Launches in Aspen with Weekend Event

The new environmental foundation wants to mobilize through music and is giving away free tickets .

By Allison Pattillo May 8, 2019

Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat will perform at the Earth's Call launch concert.

When it comes to the state of our planet, global headlines are increasingly dire. For those working to make a difference, the magnitude of the issues and lack of collaboration can be overwhelming. A new foundation, Earth’s Call, wants to bridge those gaps through the unifying power of music. The official launch takes place May 17­–19 in Aspen, and we are all invited to partake of two days of exceptional music and inspired discussions. Oh, and even better—a block of free tickets has been reserved for locals.

Co-founded by renowned cellist and composer Michael Fitzpatrick and real estate and asset management executive Spike Buckley, Earth’s Call aims to “fund innovative solutions to fight the climate crisis.” Using education, science, social influence, partnerships, and music, the group hopes to inspire audiences to take positive environmental steps, build a grassroots movement, and encourag and support already-aware younger generations. “We want people to be entertained, to be informed, and for attendees to become first responders to earth’s call and take action in their own communities,” says Lance Gould, editorial director for Earth’s Call, about the Aspen event.

Fitzpatrick, who also serves on the board of advisors of the Aspen Institute’s Cultural Diplomacy Forum and has worked with the Dalai Lama for the last 17 years as part of Tuning the Planet, has long touted the power of music to heal and bring people together. As a result, the Celebration Pass Concert on Saturday evening, May 18, in the Benedict Music Tent will be a tantalizing musical experience. The lineup features Patti LaBelle, Colbie Caillat, Mickey Hart, Anthony Hamilton, Alan Parsons, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Compton Kidz Club, and the Earth’s Symphony Orchestra led by Cheche Alara, along with Broadway-caliber visual effects. Not only is the concert free, it will be live-streamed to a global audience.

The momentum continues on Sunday, May 19, at the Aspen Meadows with Harmonizing the Future, a day of environmentally focused events including films, music, panel discussions, and more. Two not-to-be-missed panels: one that highlights outstanding millennial leaders, the other on ending fast fashion.

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