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Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays in the Arctic to urge its protection
Il pianista italiano ha aderito alla campagna di Greenpeace per la difesa dell’Artico e si è esibito in un’insolita performance fra i ghiacci del Polo Nord.
Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi played a composition dedicated to the cold, majestic Arctic ice, Elegy for the Arctic, on a floating platform.
Elegy for the Arctic
The extraordinary performance has a great visual and emotional impact, and is part of Greenpeace’s campaign to urge the protection of the Arctic, including through an online petition. The environmental association has long been fighting for protecting this delicate ecosystem, which is threatened by climate change, oil exploitation and overfishing. Einaudi, after boarding Greenpeace’s ship, the Arctic Sunrise, played his sorrowful elegy off the Wahlenbergbreen glacier, in the Svalbard Islands, Norway.
Let’s protect the Arctic before it’s too late
“Being here has been a great experience. The Arctic isn’t a desert, it’s a place full of life,” said Einaudi. “I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.”
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