Washingtonians, world leaders, and celebrity performers alike joined with over 300,000 of their closest friends on the grounds of the Washington Monument on Saturday for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, co-hosted by will.i.am and TV journalist Soledad O’Brien. American flags waving and the sight of planes flying by the over the nation’s capital provided the perfect backdrop for an time of reflection about how we as citizens can take care of the earth and all those living among us.
Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day brought together hundreds of thousands citizens for a day of awareness, and fun, filled with inspiring speakers, great music and discussion about climate change, and the goal to end poverty by the year 2030. This was the first event of the uniting of The Global Poverty Project and the Earth Day Network, a necessary alliance leading up to the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris in December.
The all-day festivities, beginning at 11 a.m. on the National Mall included speeches from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers,World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, actor Don Cheadle, Global Citizen curator and musician Chris Martin (Coldplay), and more.
The greatly anticipated musical acts of the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day concert included the reuniting of Gwen Stefani with No Doubt, as well as performances by Fall Out Boy, Mary J Blige, Train, My Morning Jacket, and Usher. Usher was joined on stage by Common while singing John Legend and Common’s Oscar award-winning original song “Glory.”
The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day concert aligns perfectly with the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.