The promo features musicians from several bands - including Blackalicious, Rusted Root, Death Cab for Cutie, Matisyahu and others - urging MTV’s viewers to take immediate action to fight global warming.
“We all have a stake in doing something about climate change, and we have to act on the right information,” said WRI Managing Director Paul Faeth, who - along with other WRI experts and partners - helped brief the featured musicians during backstage sessions at this summer’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. “This partnership with MTV helps us get the facts to an important audience.”
The promo spot is debuting at a time when young people are demonstrating a dramatic shift in how they view environmental issues. “In our latest MTV/CBS News poll, 81 percent of young people say steps need to be taken right away to counter global warming,” said Ian Rowe, vice president, Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs, MTV. “By making this public-service announcement part of MTV’s year-long Break the Addiction campaign, we can further educate and mobilize young people to take simple daily steps to save their planet.” The promo will be available on demand starting Friday at http://think.mtv.com.
Along with WRI and Bonnaroo, the other organizations that assisted in the effort include StopGlobalWarming.org and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
For a two-minute behind-the-scenes video of WRI at Bonnaroo with some of the artists, go to http://multimedia.wri.org/bonnfeaturette.wmv.
The World Resources Institute (www.wri.org) is an independent, non-partisan and nonprofit organization with a staff of more than 100 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators developing and promoting policies that will help protect the Earth and improve people’s lives.
Launched on Earth Day 2006, Break the Addiction is a year-long campaign and 12-step program to engage young people to make smart, every day choices that both improve their lives and help to curb the impact of global warming and preserve our environment.
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