It’s Friday, November 22, and Coldplay gets the gravity of the climate crisis.

The British rock band has clearly been listening to the scientist(s), because the group says it will not tour its new album, Everyday Life, until it figures out how to make its concerts carbon-neutral.

That’s right, Coldplay has a head full of dreams, and it’s not alone. While putting on environmentally-friendly concerts is not the norm (yet) for mainstream musicians, Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam, and Adele are also working on bringing down their tour-related emissions.

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Bands performing in the U.K. release 405,000 tons of emissions every year. Most of that comes from the audience traveling to the concert and the venue powering the show. Coldplay might not be able to control the former, but it can do something about the latter.

“We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point,” Coldplay frontman Chris Martin told the BBC. “How do we turn it around so it’s not so much taking as giving?”

How’s that for a hymn for the weekend? Now, if the rest of the world would do something just like this, we could be living in paradise instead of, well, climate hell.

Zoya Teirstein

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