The band have committed to make their world tour as environmentally beneficial as possible by following three key principles:
- Reduce: Cut consumption and waste, while decreasing CO2 emissions by 50%.
- Reinvent: Support new green technologies and develop new super-low carbon touring methods.
- Restore: Fund a portfolio of nature- and technology-based projects to drawdown significantly more CO2 than the tour produces.
We are helping Coldplay achieve their Restore objective by channelling funds to grassroots nature-based solutions that drawdown carbon while protecting and restoring biodiverse ecosystems.
DEF specialises in identifying the most innovative or impactful nature-based solutions in Devon, providing them with vital kick-start or scale-up support.
In 2022, we enabled 20 brilliant grassroots projects to address the climate and nature emergencies, awarding more than £280,000 of grants.
Some of the projects we enabled last year include:
- Regenerative Agriculture: A new School of Regenerative Land-Based Studies, providing practical training to fill a skills gap and grow the next generation of regenerative farmers.
- Seaweed Farming: A pilot to prove the economic, social, and environmental benefits of seaweed farming, which include CO2 sequestration, bioremediation, and increased marine biodiversity.
- Mycelium and Biochar: Trialling recipes to sequester carbon, enhance soil quality, and clean-up river pollution via mycofiltration, identifying low tech solutions that can be replicated widely.
- Coastal Clean-Ups: Supporting adventure beach cleans that reach parts of the coast other cleaners can’t reach, engaging the community and having fun while cleaning up plastic pollution.
- And much more!
This year DEF’s priority is to increase the amount of funding available for grassroots nature-based solutions by inspiring more people and organisations to get involved.
We aim to encourage more regenerative projects to start-up, or scale-up, by providing mentoring, expertise, connections, and financial support.
Coldplay’s support will allow us to seed many more local nature-based solutions, while showcasing project successes that ignite hope, wider action, and accelerate systemic change.
“We’re hugely excited to have Coldplay’s support for another year. Their donation means we can fund even more brilliant grassroots environmental initiatives; and being included among the good causes they support gives DEF and our grantees invaluable credibility and global recognition.”
– Amanda Keetley, Executive Director at DEF.