Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK)

Buenos Aires, Argentina


PATHWAY TO PARIS Co-Founders, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon, along with Eduardo Costantini, founder of KABINETT, met president elect of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, about their 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom, before a concert at the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK). The meeting served as a conversation to ​encourage the president elect to be bold and ambitious with climate action, responding to the youth and women of today. Following the meeting, Pathway to Paris held a concert event at CCK.

Press Release

On November 22, 2019​, co-founders of Pathway to Paris, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon joined together with Patti Smith and Kabinett founder, Eduardo Costantini, to meet with President elect of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, to discuss humanitarian and environmental concerns, in particular, the climate emergency and the solution driven initiatives of Pathway to Paris. It was a very positive meeting, as the president shared his motivation for moving out of the era of fossil fuels and into a new era of 100% renewable energy. They encouraged the president elect to take initiative, pushing for Argentina and all of Latin America to step forward, setting an example for ambitious climate action practices for other countries around the globe to follow. Specifically, the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom​ was discussed, the solution focused initiative of Pathway to Paris, which helps cities to design and implement climate action plans, with the mandate of transitioning to 100% renewable energy and zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, in order to meet and go beyond the targets outlined in the Paris Accord. The initiative targets cities, and the invitation for Argentina to join would include cities throughout the country and across the continent.

Following this meeting and a short press conference, Kabinett and Pathway to Paris hosted a concert event at the Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK), inviting activists and Argentinian musicians, Juana Molina and Salvet, to perform, along with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan, Tenzin Choegyal, and co-founders of Pathway to Paris, Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon.

“In the world of music, the best way to improve is through collaboration. This is the same with the critical issue of climate change. We must join together to make this the most ambitious collaboration of our century. We will not be able to implement crucial and challenging solutions to climate change, plastic pollution, and all urgent environmental problems as long as we

stand divided. Inseparable from the issue of climate change is the need for world peace, global communication, and an international collaboration unmatched by any event in human history.”​– Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Jesse Paris Smith

’We are amidst a climate emergency. We need to act. This is why we decided to partner KABINETT with PATHWAY TO PARIS. We will continue to host events with musicians, artists, activists and government authorities all over Latin America, as well as producing short form videos to educate our audiences on the gravity of what is happening. Our first meeting with Alberto Fernandez, elected President of Argentina, was very inspiring, as he revealed that climate change is one of his main concerns. We are looking forward to future collaborations with him and his government, including a Festival in September, 2020, which is already confirmed.” – ​Eduardo Costantini jr., Founder of KABINETT

“Cities play a critical role in transforming our world out of the era of fossil fuels and into a renewable world. This is our time to make this shift and transform our cities to become sustainable, resilient cities for us all and future generations. This is our chance as our window of time is narrowing.” ​– Co-Founder of Pathway to Paris, Rebecca Foon

“Artists are blessed with the ability to inspire and incite, but in the end it is the people who facilitate change. Pathway to Paris brings these forces together, art and activism. Their events bring to the forefront our civic duties and the joy and possibilities of unity.” – ​Musician and Activist, Patti Smith

Bringing together leading musicians, artists, thinkers, and policymakers, this concert served as a call to action, urging the international community to ramp up ambition towards a climate-safe future for all.