“Due to circumstances far beyond our control, we are saddened to announce that Live Earth India has been canceled,” Al Gore and Live Earth CEO Kevin Wall said in a joint statement released to Access. “We will continue to work for solutions to the climate crisis for the good of the people of India and around the world.”
Live Earth was due to take place in Mumbai, India on December 7, featuring artist including Bon Jovi and Roger Waters.
On Wednesday, armed gunmen took hostages at two hotels and the Jewish Center in the Indian city.
According to a source close to the concert, “covert security” was dispatched to Mumbai to remove the Live Earth staff members who were in the city preparing for the concert. They were taken to a Marriot hotel by the security team before being flown out of the country.
“Everyone involved with Live Earth India, from our U.S.- and India-based staff, artists and crew to our India-based broadcast, production, non-profit and marketing communications partners, is stunned and saddened by the tragic events of the past few days in our host city Mumbai,” the statement from Gore and Wall continued. “We always felt very welcomed and safe as we spent more time on the ground in Mumbai to finalize plans for Live Earth India, scheduled for December 7.”
Gore and Wall concluded their statement offering their prayers for those affected by the incidents.
“For now, our thoughts and our prayers are with the victims of this terrible attack, with the bereaved, with the people of Mumbai and with everyone in India,” their statement concluded.
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