Al Gore announces date for Live Earth

Star-studded concerts will be held in London and six other cities around the world on July 7 to highlight the threat of climate change, former US vice president Al Gore announced today.

The 24-hour Live Earth event, which organisers hope will be viewed by two billion people, will feature acts including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, Bon Jovi and Duran Duran.

The other cities involved will be Shanghai, Johannesburg, Sydney and locations to be announced in Japan, Brazil and the US.

There will even be a concert in Antarctica.

“We have to get the message of urgency and hope out,” Mr Gore told a Los Angeles press conference, flanked by actress Cameron Diaz, rapper Pharrell Williams and producer Kevin Wall.

Other acts among more than 100 performers scheduled to appear include the Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow and the Black Eyed Peas.

Williams said it would be “the biggest party on earth”.

The proceeds will create a foundation to combat climate change led by The Alliance for Climate Protection, currently chaired by Mr Gore.

“In order to solve the climate crisis, we have to reach billions of people,” he said.

“The climate crisis will only be stopped by an unprecedented and sustained global movement.”

The ex-politician’s global warming film, An Inconvenient Truth, is up for two Oscars.

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