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PETA urges Coldplay to only serve vegan food on upcoming world tour

"We hope you’ll agree that cutting damaging animal-derived foods from concert venues is a no-brainer"

By Hollie Geraghty

Coldplay unveil details of world tour
Coldplay. Credit: James Marcus Haney

Animal rights organisation PETA has called on Coldplay to only serve vegan food on their upcoming 2022 eco friendly world tour.

Last week the band unveiled their ‘Music Of The Spheres’ world tour which they pledged to be sustainable and environmentally friendly to cut direct emissions by 50 per cent.

An in open letter published by PETA, director Elisa Allen wrote: “Like many people around the world, we were excited to hear about your goal to make your Music of the Spheres world tour as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. 

“To that end, we have a suggestion that we’re sure will strike the right chord: ensure that only vegan foods be served during your concerts.”

She added: “As you may know, animal agriculture contributes to many of the serious environmental problems the planet is facing.

“It’s little wonder, then, that the United Nations states that a transition to vegan eating is urgently needed to prevent the worst effects of the climate crisis. And this can be as simple as swapping beef burgers for bean burgers.”

The letter concluded by saying the organisation hopes Coldplay will agree that “cutting damaging animal-derived foods from concert venues is a no-brainer,” adding: “We’d be happy to connect you with world-class vegan chefs.”

The group have pledged to power their show by “renewable, super-low emission energy”.

One of the features on the tour will include an electricity generating dance floor. Frontman Chris Martin told the BBC: “The more people move, the more they’re helping.”

“When I say that, I literally really need you to jump up and down. Because if you don’t, then the lights go out.”

The band plans to have bicycles that do the same thing, and have also pledged to plant one tree for every ticket sold.

The group has outlined their other sustainability initiatives on their website, which includes paying a surcharge to use or supply Sustainable Aviation Fuel on commercial or charter flights, and a commitment to electric vehicles or biofuel where possible.

They also teased a return of their signature LED wristbands for audience members which will be made from 100 per cent compostable, plant based materials.

The tour will support their ninth studio album ‘Music of The Spheres’ which Rolling Stone gave four stars.