A live album of the climate change awareness fundraiser event Pathway to Paris has been released. The event spanned over two nights last December, and included performances from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Patti Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Warren Ellis, composer and member of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
The album consists of 11 songs and six speeches from activists such as journalist Bill McKibben and United Nations Development Program director Jo Scheuer. Tracks include “Bloom” from Yorke, “People Have The Power” from Smith and “White Nile” from Flea and Ellis.
Put on by musicians and organizers Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, Pathway to Paris brought together musical artists, writers, politicians and activists to “help raise consciousness, inspire action and foster dialogue about the urgency of climate action and the need for a rapid transition towards renewable energy and an end to fossil fuels.” Like the money raised from the sale of tickets to Pathway to Paris, all proceeds from album sales will go to 350.org, an organization that spurs climate-focused campaigns all over the world, and the United Nations Development Program.
“As well as the scientists have done their job, that’s how badly the politicians have done theirs,” said McKibben during his speech, referring to the lack of recognition surrounding the issue of climate change. The event took place during the UN Climate Change Conference, which also occurred in Paris, and four weeks after the devastating attacks in the city.
You can buy the digital album on pathwaytoparis.com/album. See the song tracklisting below, and below that, video of Thom Yorke performing “Bloom” at the event.
Pathway to Paris Tracklist:
1. Wing – Patti Smith
2. Bloom – Thom Yorke
3. Elemental Prayer – Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon
4. White Nile – Flea and Warren Ellis
5. Service – Fally Ipupa
6. Nature – Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon
7. Heartstrings – Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon
8. Peaceable Kingdom – Patti Smith
9. Two Suits – Flea and Warren Ellis
10. Sweet Lie – Fally Ipupa
11. People Have The Power – Patti Smith
Thom Yorke – BLOOM, Pathway to Paris Live @ Le Trianon from Pathway to Paris on Vimeo.