Metallica, Mariah Carey and Biden together against poverty and climate change

Metallica and Mariah Carey headlined the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday that seeks to mobilize action against poverty and climate change and featured a video appearance by US President Jhey Biden.

In its 10th year, the six-hour festival drew thousands to New York’s Central Park and hosted a sister show in Accra, Ghana’s capital, featuring American R&B singer Usher and Stormzy, the british grime icon.

The festival of Global Citizen, an NGO philanthropic campaign that promotes the fight against extreme poverty, climate change and discrimination, coincides with the UN General Assembly hoping to increase the pressure on world leaders.

The organization hands out tickets to fans in exchange for their commitment to push for action against the aforementioned scourges, such as campaigning on social media and lobbying their elected representatives to encourage foreign aid.

“We are inspired and grateful for all the work you have done and we want you to know that your fight is our fight,” said US first lady Jill Biden, who appeared in the video with her husband.

President Biden, along with the Democratic leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Those who attended in person highlighted the approval of a new legislative package on the climate, the most far-reaching regulation voted in the United States to promote clean energy.

But Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley has warned that action on climate change is not reaching islands like hers fast enough.

“Yes, my friends, we are running out of time,” he said.

Thrash metal legend Metallica wowed the crowd with eight songs, including a version of “Nothing Else Matters” featuring vocalist Mickey Guyton, one of country music’s most prominent black women.

The guests sought to raise awareness on a variety of issues, including women’s rights, especially in light of the protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police, which enforces dress codes for women in the Islamic republic.

“I have seen my sisters forced to flee abuse, oppression and femicide around the world, women like Mahsa Jina Amini,” said Anuscheh Amir-Khalili, of Iranian descent and refugee advocate in Berlin.

“We must speak up for oppressed women. I am here for them,” she assured the crowd.

From the stage, the head of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “We have to take care of our girls and our women. They deserve it.”

He also highlighted the recent commitments made by Europe, which include 600 million euros (about USD 581.5 million) for food security in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific in the face of increased hunger in much of the world unleashed by the pandemic and aggravated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Mariah Carey was introduced by dancer Misty Copeland, who performed her classic “Hero” accompanied by a dance choreographed especially for the song.

Among other presentations, there was also Maneskin, a new generation of Italian glam rock; Spanish pop star Rosalía; and the Jonas Brothers, with Nick Jonas’ wife, Indian screen star Priyanka Chopra, as emcee.

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Metallica, Mariah Carey and Biden together against poverty and climate change


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