Simon plans US tour to pro­mote bio­di­ver­sity

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

NEWYORK— Folk rock leg­end Paul Simon has an­nounced a US tour to pro­mote bio­di­ver­sity ef­forts as fears mount for the long-term sur­vival of life on Earth.

The 75-year-old song­writer, who a year ago had been mulling re­tire­ment, says all pro­ceeds from his 17-date tour would fund the E.O. Wil­son Bio­di­ver­sity Foun­da­tion.

Started by the Har­vard sci­en­tist of the same name, the foun­da­tion sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion and re­search into bio­di­ver­sity — the in­ter­con­nected lives of the planet’s vast ar­ray of species.

Wil­son, one of the fore­most ex­perts on ants, has warned that the planet is inthemid­stof a sixth great ex­tinc­tion as the de­struc­tion of rain forests, cli­mate change and other hu­man ac­tions cause species to die out at a fast-ac­cel­er­at­ing rate.

Simon says he met Wil­son in 2007 and was struck by his phrase that “Earth’s a jewel, but it’s en­dan­gered.”

“It’s go­ing to take a lit­tle while, maybe 100 years, maybe 200 years, to fix it. But we can, and then it would be like liv­ing in par­adise.

“But he said it’s only go­ing to take 75 to 100 years to make it into a des­o­late place,” Simon says.

Simon will open his tour on June 1 in St. Au­gus­tine, Florida, and play 16 solo shows across the coun­try, mostly in open-air venues.

The 17th show will come when he head­lines Eaux Claires, the fes­ti­val in Wis­con­sin launched three years ago by Bon Iver front­man Justin Ver­non.

Simon, for­merly in a duo with Art Gar­funkel, re­leased a string of clas­sic hits in­clud­ing Bridge over Trou­bled Wa­ter andMrs. Robinson and helped shape the genre of world-mu­sic fu­sion with his 1986 al­bum Grace­land.

AFP

Paul Simon will launch a tour in mostly open-air venues.

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