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Happy Earth Day: Eddie Vedder interviews ISS crew; Pretenders, Annie Lennox & more sign Music Declares Emergency campaign

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Rock artists are marking Earth Day by speaking up about climate change.

Eddie Vedder has partnered with NASA to interview the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. In their conversation, which you can watch now on YouTube, the Pearl Jam frontman asks the crew about their insights into climate change looking down on Earth from outer space, and the lessons learned living aboard the ISS that might help those of us on the ground live more peacefully.

Vedder previously teamed up with NASA to release a video for his song “Invincible,” which appears on his new solo album, Earthling. The clip features footage from various pre-launch tests and animation related to NASA’s upcoming Artemis I lunar mission.

Meanwhile, Annie Lennox, Pretenders, Brian Eno, Bruce Cockburn, Tom Morello and funk legend Bootsy Collins are among 6,000 music industry figures who’ve signed on to support an environmental initiative called Music Declares Emergency US.

“We call on all those within the US music industry to join us in declaring a climate emergency and to work towards making the cultural and operational changes necessary to contribute towards a sustainable future,” the campaign says.

In a statement, Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde says, “This declaration needs to be the moment where music steps up and really pushes the truth to our audiences and confronts governments so that things happen much more quickly.”

For more info, visit musicdeclares.net/us.

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