More than seven years ago, Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall decided to save the world with an event called Live Earth. Designed to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change, Live Earth featured a bunch of musical acts—including The Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy, and Spinal Tap (for some reason)—performing benefit concerts across seven continents—including North America, Asia, Antartica, and whatever the others are called. Unfortunately, flying all of these bands around the world (among other setbacks) proved to be rather expensive, energy-wise, so a lot of the actual world-saving was offset by a fair amount of world-destroying.
Luckily, Al Gore has never been the sort of guy to let one setback stop him (well…), so he’s coming back with a new Live Earth to take another crack at this “saving the world” thing. Plus, he’s bringing along some help this time: Pharrell, a famous citizen of this very planet, who has been named the creative director for a new Live Earth that will be held this year. According to Rolling Stone, Gore and Pharrell—along with a returning Kevin Wall—plan to have “over 100 artists” perform across the same seven continents as before on June 18, 2015, in order to “spread environmental awareness.”
None of the 100 artists have been announced yet—notably, Pharrell won’t even say if he’s one of them—but that’s not really the point. “Instead of just having people perform,” Pharrell said, “we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once.” That’s right, he said “literally.” Get working on those vocal exercises, Earth. Anyway, the Live Earth people did release this video of everyone in the world getting together and releasing balls of light into the air, so that’s something.