Musical legend David Gilmour has donated the $21 million raised from the sale of his collection of classic guitars to ClientEarth, to support the organization’s efforts to fight the climate crisis. The auction of the Pink Floyd guitarist’s collection took place on in June at Christie’s in New York and included more than 120 guitars.
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Commenting on the announcement, David Gilmour, said, “The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible. I hope that the sale of these guitars will help ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change.
“We need a civilized world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung.
“As Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist said in a speech earlier this year, ‘Either we choose to go on as a civilization, or we don’t’.
“The choice really is that simple…”
Commenting on the contribution, James Thornton, ClientEarth CEO, said, “This is a truly humbling and extraordinary gift, which goes beyond our wildest expectations. It’s difficult to express just how deeply grateful we are to David for choosing ClientEarth as the beneficiary of this historic auction.
“The law is one of the most powerful tools we have to tackle the world’s increasing environmental problems. This gift is a phenomenal boost to our work using the law to tackle climate change and protect nature. It will allow us to play an even greater role in addressing the climate crisis and securing a healthy planet for future generations.”