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Rock concert to fight desertification in China
By Victoria Fei

JOIN the night of “The Rise of Green Hope” Million Tree Rock Concert on August 23 at Mao Livehouse to donate for planting trees in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Shanghai Roots & Shoots, a non-profit, youth-led global organization, and its Million Tree Project is holding the fifth annual concert with the goal to raise enough to plant an entire 1,000-tree forest this year. Shanghai Daily is a media sponsor for the charity concert, and tickets are available at iDEALShanghai.com/ticket.

The organization was started in 1991 by world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall and is now active in 100 countries.

The Million Tree Project was established in 2007 as a response to the devastating effects of desertification, a process that has already degraded one-third of China’s total landmass.

The project gives concerned citizens a chance to help reverse the effects of desertification in China through tree planting on degraded lands in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia.

The night will begin at 8pm with performances by Redic, Sonnet, Mercy and Sorrow, Friend or Foe, Hu Jia Hu Wei and Death to Giants. The emcees will lead everyone through an evening full of talent and special prizes to be won in the raffle prize draw.

In 2010, Redic moved to China where he initially performed at various stages at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Since then, Redic has become a familiar fixture at many of Shanghai’s live music venues. He has performed all over China in cities such as Kunming, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Nanjing.

The group is helping reforest land in Tongliao, where a combination of climate change, overgrazing and over-farming have degraded large areas, and now the desertified area is expanding at an astonishing rate, according to the organization’s website.

Sandstorms strike Inner Mongolia and its surrounding areas each spring, destroying local homes and forcing many people to flee their native land. The project will reforest the area in order to revitalize the land and block the sandstorms, the group says.

Each tree planted in Inner Mongolia through this project clears the air of 250 kilograms of carbon dioxide over the course of its life.

Date: August 23, 8pm

Venue: Mao Livehouse, 3/F 308 Chongqing Rd S.

Tickets: 60 yuan (presale), 80 yuan (at door)

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