Billie Eilish plans to make her new world tour eco-friendly

Kinga Piotrowska

Singer Billie Eilish is trying to make her new upcoming world tour “Where Do We Go” as green as possible.

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, the 17-year-old revealed that she’s teaming up with a non-profit organisation “Reverb”, that “specialises in the best and most healthy and green ways to do everything.” Billie is going to try to reduce the amount of plastic that is being used during her shows, so no plastic straws will be allowed, and fans will bring their own bottles.

There will also be recycling bins everywhere as she mentioned that “If something is recyclable, it doesn’t matter if there’s nowhere to recycle it.” At every venue, Billie will also introduce a “Billie Eilish Eco-Village” which will be a place where she can help raise awareness and inform fans about the climate crisis. 

Eilish however, is not the first celebrity to team up with the non-profit organisation. Reverb has worked with artists such as Shawn Mendes, Harry Styles, Pink and Maroon 5. Reverb also partners with festivals and venues all around the world. They create ways in which they can reduce the negative footprint that events can cause.

They help with things such as coordinating local farm food, fuelling sustainable biodiesel in tour buses and compositing and donating food waste. Recently, Eilish has shown her interest in advocating for the climate crisis. Before her performance on Saturday Night Live, she shared an Instagram video with Woody Harrelson talking about the effects of climate change and spoke about the great work of some environmental groups such as Fridays For Future and Greenpeace.

Eilish said “Our earth is warming up and our oceans are rising. Extreme weather is wrecking millions of lives.”  Recently, Eilish has been announced as a performer for the Global Citizen Festival. Global Citizen’s year-long campaign is aiming to end extreme poverty, climate change and reduce inequality by 2030.

More and more pop stars are using their social media following to help raise awareness and help gain media coverage about the climate crisis. Eilish is one of many that is using her big following to try and make a difference. American rapper, Lil Dicky has reached over 190 million views on his music video of the song “Earth” which featured celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and many more.

The song is a message for everyone to come together and help combat the crisis. Thanks to a collaboration with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, proceeds from the song went towards different environmental charities around the world. 

As many artists are closely following the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, they want to help take action in their daily lives, which for some is being on tour for months. With organisations such as Reverb, it is getting easier for artists to access ways in which they can do that.

Billie Eilish is one who is willing to take the time and think of her carbon footprint while touring. We should hope that there are many more willing to do the same. 

Kinga Piotrowska

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