People Have The Power
Presented by Pathway to Paris
"New York City, 22 September 2020: On September 22nd, 2020, the climate action non-profit Pathway to Paris released a new video featuring individuals from around the world singing the song ‘People Have the Power,’ written by Pathway to Paris long standing supporter Patti Smith and the late Fred Sonic Smith, both musicians and activists in their own right."
**The video is being released on September 22nd, which is the 6 year anniversary of Pathway to Paris and during climate week in NYC and also during Climate Week NYC 2020, which occurs September 21-27. (September 21, 2014 was the first People’s Climate March, which at the time was the biggest and most diverse mobilization in climate action history, where 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City to demonstrate the urgency of the climate crisis and demand for action.)
"Along with Patti Smith and founders of Pathway to Paris, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, the video includes participants from 25 countries, 46 cities, and 6 continents. Notable among the 8 minutes of an incredible diversity of faces are Joan Baez, Ben Harper, Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, Stella McCartney, Michael Stipe, Tibetan singer and Pathway to Paris Board Member – Tenzin Choegyal, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Cyndi Lauper, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour, Chris Stills, Forward and Captain of the Italian National Basketball Team – Gigi Datome, Italian pop singer – Giovanni Caccamo, Lenny Kaye, Micah Nelson, Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes), Italian singer Manuel Agnelli (After Hours), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Icelandic Singer – Olof Arnalds, French Designer – Agnes B., Pennie Opal Plant and Michael Horse, French singer Zazie, and Rain Phoenix. The video also includes special cameos including family moments from Jackson Frederick Smith and many of the organization’s friends and collaborators from around the world – students, activists, artists, mayors, musicians, writers alike. Though the video may be humble in its production, it is impressive and powerful in its energy and messaging."