By Mandy Froelich / Truth Theory
Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist and songwriter David Gilmour is serious about climate change. He’s so intent on raising awareness about the phenomenon, in fact, that he auctioned off 126 of his guitars in June and donated the profits to charity.
According to Guitar World, Gilmour’s guitars sold for a whopping total of $21 million. Perhaps the most notable guitar to be auctioned off was the iconic black Stratocaster that the songwriter used to record “Comfortably Numb,” “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” and “Money.” That axe was purchased by the owner of the Indianapolis Colts for $4 million.
The English tock star said every penny would be donated to the environmental nonprofit ClientEarth.
“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,” tweeted Gilmour. “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.”
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97 percent of climate scientists agree: the Earth is changing due to a high output of carbon emissions caused by human activity. Unfortunately, not enough action is being taken to prevent catastrophic disasters, prevent species from going extinct, and to lower emissions in the present and immediate future. Thanks to Gilmour, ClientEarth is better equipped to tackle the conundrum.
“I’d like to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude to David Gilmour for this utterly remarkable gift. David has a long history of supporting charities and I am honored that he has chosen ClientEarth to benefit from this landmark auction,” said James Thornton, ClientEarth CEO.
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