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There’s a new blog post on Linkin Park’s official website posted by Joe. He talks about auctioning a helmet that they made for Kamui Kobayashi to wear at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Proceeds benefit Music For Relief.
When Linkin Park was in Singapore during our tour in Asia, we had the opportunity to meet Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi. We talked about Music For Relief’s activities to support earthquake and tsunami recovery in Japan. He said he wanted to help, so we teamed up with Sauber F1 team and Kobayashi sponsor Goodsmile Company and designed an original helmet that Kobayashi will wear for the last race of the season at the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 27th. Following the race, we’ll auction off the helmet HERE and all proceeds will benefit Music For Relief’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief. The auction starts on Thursday, November 24 at 9:00 am EST.
For more information, visit MusicForRelief.org.
The UN has uploaded the video of Linkin Park accepting their reward on their youtube channel.
Linkin Park have posted a video of them promoting powertheworld.org bringing sustainable energy to families.
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Whether relating to jobs, security, climate change, food production or income-generating activity, access to sustainable energy is essential for strengthening economies, protecting ecosystems, and achieving social equity.
However, more than 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, and 1 billion more have only intermittent access. Additionally, some 2.5 billion people– almost half of humanity– rely on traditional biomass for cooking and heating.
Linkin Park and Music for Relief have pledged to support the UN Secretary-General to help achieve Sustainable Energy for All through Power the World.
Join us to help bring sustainable energy solutions to 1 million families.
Empower the Planet. Power the World.
Learn more about the year of Sustainable Energy for All here.
Here’s a cam recorded video of Linkin Park talking at the UN today. Check it out.
Another video of the entire conference from the UN website has been posted, check it out below.
Linkin Park have tweeted that they are at the UN today. Here’s a very very recent article that features a small interview.
8 November 2011 –
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed members of the award-winning alternative rock band Linkin Park to United Nations Headquarters in New York, where they announced their commitment to support his initiative aimed at ensuring universal energy access by 2030.“I don’t know much about rock music. I stopped listening after Elvis!” Mr. Ban quipped during a press briefing. “But this much I do know: bands such as Linkin Park reach tens of millions of people.”The Secretary-General spoke about the band’s continuous support in the past for humanitarian causes, including other UN initiatives such as their contribution to the “Not Alone” video, which sought to raise awareness and funds for Haiti after it was hit by a devastating earthquake last year.
“More than nine million people have seen the ‘Not Alone’ video, which helped our work in Haiti after the earthquake. So it was natural that I should ask them to support my Sustainable Energy for All initiative – another UN effort to build the future we want.”
The initiative was launched in September, and at its core is the vision of achieving universal access to modern energy services, doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030.
Currently, some 1.4 billion people worldwide are estimated to lack access to electricity, with another billion having to deal with unreliable electricity networks. In total, nearly three billion people rely on solid fuels such as coal or traditional biomass for their basic cooking and heating.
“Sustainable Energy for All will help us to reduce poverty, drive economic dynamism, reduce the risks of climate change and protect the planet – all at the same time,” Mr. Ban said.
“We can turn on the lights in every household and turn down the global thermostat,” he added. “Linkin Park can help us spread this message.”
“We want to raise visibility of the issue and we want to help spread the word,” said Michael Shinoda, the band’s vocalist. “We also want to make a difference on the ground. We are enlisting the help of our fans to achieve both.”
MusicForRelief has uploaded a video on youtube from Linkin Park’s visit to Ishinomaki city after the disaster in Japan. We had seen pictures previously from their visit there.
I also added 221 screenshots!
Music For Relief has a new blog post up on their site about Linkin Park band members: Chester, Mike & Dave who visited children in various areas of Japan which have been hit by the disasterous earthquake and tsunami.
Within days following the disaster, Linkin Park launched a massive fundraising campaign through Music for Relief, with all proceeds going to Save the Children’s relief and recovery efforts in Japan.
Six months later, Linkin Park was on the ground in the north-eastern town of Ishinomaki to witness first-hand how children are coping, and see how Save the Children’s efforts are making a difference in the recovery process.
The first stop was Taizen elementary school, where band members met the principal and listened to his story of what it was like for him and the kids at his school the day the disaster struck. The band then went up to meet with the children in grade 6 who have been practicing their emergency drills, now with new disaster-preparedness hoods given to them by Save the Children. Linkin Park band members Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell got to try on the disaster hoods and learn how these help protect children from falling debris and possible fires – reducing the risk that children face when disaster hits. As some 20% of the world’s earthquakes take place in Japan, preparing for the next disaster is a key component to keeping children safe. Band member Mike Shinoda then visited the school’s child-care center, for kids aged 6-9, where he got to see some of the materials Save the Children has provided the center – including back-to-school kits and backpacks, games for the children, and emergency kits with flashlights and other essential items to help protect children in the event of a future earthquake or tsunami.
The band members then headed to Ishinomaki Kita High School, where they were greeted by a group of excited fans. The band toured the campus, and joined in a music class with the students, witnessing first-hand how music and play can bring joy to those recovering from a major natural disaster. In a workshop led by Save the Children partner “Drum Café”, the teens and the band members were given tam-tams and challenged to follow the rhythms of the Drum Café percussionists.
“It was incredible to see firsthand the happiness in the students’ faces, despite the hardships they have endured for the past six months,” said Shinoda. “It was an honor to represent Music For Relief and our supporters worldwide on this visit, bringing their good wishes to the young people still recovering.”
Six months after the earthquake, although children’s immediate needs have been met, the longer-term recovery is a process that will take years, says Save the Children. “The first six months are only the beginning. From our experience responding to disasters around the world – from Katrina and Christchurch, to Pakistan and Haiti – we know that recovering from a natural disaster of this scale is a long process that entails much more than brick and mortar. Children and their communities need to recreate their social links and cope with the emotional wounds left behind by the disaster,” said Save the Children CEO Hironobu Shibuya. The organization has launched a five-year recovery program, funded by generous contributions from donors around the world, including Linkin Park’s Music for Relief. “Linkin Park’s visit has been so important to us in highlighting the longer-term needs of children in recovering from this disaster, and helping our donors see the impact our response has had to date.”
Music for Relief was created by Linkin Park in 2005 to provide aid for those affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami, and has since raised over 4 million USD towards humanitarian relief efforts.
Save the Children has been working in Japan for 25 years, and responding to children’s needs in emergencies around the world for over 90 years.