Urging the world’s cities to become 100% Renewable to turn the Paris Agreement into action

The world is transitioning into a new era; a world no longer dependent on fossil fuels. Today Pathway to Paris and Care2 launch the 1000 Cities initiative, a bold mission to meet and go beyond the targets of the Paris Agreement. The initiative invites all cities of the world to transition off of fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy by 2040, in order to turn the Paris Agreement into reality. Visit to take action. Every signature will automatically send an email letter to the governing body of the the signer’s city, urging them to join this crucial cause.

“Pathway to Paris is more than a name - it’s an ideal,” said Rebecca Foon. “Cities have a remarkable and necessary part to play in moving us towards achieving, and possibly even surpassing, the goals of the Paris Agreement.”
Jesse Paris Smith added: “The climate movement is in urgent need of massive global collaboration - it requires the involvement of all cities of the world, all citizens. We all need to join together to make this movement the most ambitious collaboration of our century.”
"Care2 is thrilled to join Pathway to Paris in launching this important global initiative," said Randy Paynter Founder & CEO of Care2. "If we are able to get 1000 cities to join the cause we will be able to fulfill the vision of the Paris agreement and bypass our current administration and other climate deniers who stand in the way."

To accompany the petition, Pathway to Paris has shared a video including figures like Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Tony Hawk, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Flea, Dr. Vandana Shiva, and Olafur Eliasson, urging citizens of the world to sign on to the campaign and push to shift our cities to 100% renewable energy.

The launch of 1000 Cities will be one of the focuses of Pathway to Paris’ upcoming concert for climate action, being held at Carnegie Hall on November 5 in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and The evening is set to advance the important work turning the Paris Agreement into action by bringing together internationally-recognized musicians and speakers – such as Patti Smith, Joan Baez, Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Achim Steiner, Olafur Eliasson, Tanya Tagaq, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Tenzin Choegyal, and Pathway to Paris founders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith - for a night of incredible performances and speeches.

Joan Baez says, “Mother Nature has grown weary of our selfish disregard for all she tries to offer and she is angry. I fear for the earth my grandchild will inherit, as I can’t imagine her life will be anything approaching the hopes we have for her and the shining dreams she may have for herself. We won’t know if it’s too late for radical action to keep this globe inhabitable unless we try it. I’m pleased to be a part of this evening’s wake-up call to all people who cherish the sound of a meadowlark and who are willing to fight for its right to sing.”

Olafur Eliasson adds, “today we have to respond to our present situation, where natural resources are no longer abundant. We need to raise awareness and initiate an urgent discussion about our future. Art, I believe, has great potential for changing the way we discuss an issue as important as climate change. It makes something not only comprehensible for the mind but also physically tangible - turning thinking into doing.”

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September 15 - Pathway to Paris Press Conference at the United Nations

Today we had our press conference at the United Nations. It was an amazing experience. We were so thrilled to announce Joan Baez as an addition to the November 5th event, and our new initiative for climate solutions, 1000 Cities. Such an incredibly beautiful and powerful day. Thank you so much to everyone. Here is the UNDP press release. You can watch footage of the press conference here:

Press Release:

Pathway to Paris: Joan Baez to join Patti Smith, Michael Stipe and more in climate action concert

Sep 15, 2017

New York — Another music legend has joined the line-up for November’s historic Pathway to Paris concert for climate action in New York. Singer, songwriter and activist Joan Baez will perform along with Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Flea, Talib Kweli, Cat Power and others.

The news was confirmed at the United Nations today, during a press conference to preview the concert.

“I’m incredibly honored and excited to be part of this event,” said Joan Baez. “Climate change is the issue of our time and it will take all of us – musicians, activists, policymakers and business leaders – to truly make a difference.”

The concert, set to take place at New York’s Carnegie Hall, will also feature speeches and musical performances from Bill McKibben, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Tanya Tagaq, Tenzin Choegyal, and Pathway to Paris founders Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith.

The role of cities in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change will be also be front and center at the concert, where Pathway to Paris will unveil further details on the ‘1000 Cities Initiative’.

“Pathway to Paris is more than a name - it’s an ideal,” said Rebecca Foon. “Cities have a remarkable and necessary part to play in moving us towards achieving, and possibly even surpassing, the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

Jesse Paris Smith added: “1000 Cities is built on the premise that if 1000 cities come together and commit to becoming 100 percent renewable and transition off fossil fuels by 2040, we can turn the Paris Agreement into action. Pathway to Paris is committed to supporting cities to get there.”

The concert will be the third – and largest – collaboration between Pathway to Paris, and UNDP on climate action – the first coinciding with the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Since then, the partners have committed to maintaining momentum and encouraging action.

“The ultimate goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius and, ideally, to keep it below 1.5 degrees,” noted Achim Steiner, Administrator of UNDP.

“We need all hands on deck to succeed, which is why I warmly welcome the support of Patti Smith and other music legends. By emphasizing cities and the critical role they can play, our hope is to accelerate action where it is needed and to increase ambition to get to the point where each one of us has made a difference.” 

The Pathway to Paris concert for climate action will be held on November 5, 2017, at New York’s Carnegie Hall – the day before the global COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany.


To buy tickets for the concert:




September 14 - Central Park Summerstage 


Such a special night in Central Park celebrating my dad' birthday. It was so wonderful to perform on the Summerstage, such a beautiful night. Thank you to everyone for coming to the show.


September 12 - The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Thank you so much to everyone for watching us on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and for all of your kind words :)) Everyone at the Tonight Show was so friendly and we had such a nice time there performing with Questlove. In case you missed it, here is the clip:


Pathway to Paris at Carnegie Hall on November 5th, 2017

We are so excited to announce that our next event will be taking place at Carnegie Hall on November 5th, and will be featuring a wonderful group of performers and speakers as we join together to announce an initiative focused on turning the Paris Agreement into action!! Tickets are available now for purchase here



Happy 200th birthday to Henry David Thoreau.

On June 27th, Pathway to Paris held a fundraising event at City Winery NYC, which also served as my 30th birthday celebration. Knowing that July 12th would be the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, we performed this piece, my favorite of Henry's poems. I changed a few of the words for the performance, and hope that he would understand and welcome an adjustment for the 21st century. His writings have been a companion for me since my teenage years, and he is a great symbol of the environmental justice movement, of our need to keep pushing forward, reinventing our ways to take care of each other and our planet. It isn't difficult to imagine him pushing for a transition off of fossil fuels, into a renewable energy revolution, and a carbon neutral world. Thank you so much for everything, Henry. Happy Birthday to you.


My Love Must Be as Free
by Henry David Thoreau

My love must be as free
As is the eagle's wing,
Hovering o'er land and sea
And everything.

I must not dim my eye
In thy saloon,
I must not leave my sky
And nightly moon.

Be not the fowler's net
Which stays my flight,
And craftily is set
T' allure the sight.

But be the favoring gale
That bears me on,
And still doth fill my sail
When thou art gone.

I cannot leave my sky
For thy caprice,
True love would soar as high
As heaven is.

The eagle would not brook
Her mate thus won,
Who trained his eye to look
Beneath the sun.


Happy July! Click here to read my July newsletter if you are interested! 

Music: Aesop Room Spray Launch

On July 4th Aesop launched their new collection of beautiful room sprays that I am so proud and happy to have scored music inspired by. You can watch the videos, listen to the music, and download it for free on the website. I've been using the room sprays for over a year since we started the project, and if you are needing something like that, I highly recommend them :)

Thank you to everyone who collaborated on this project and helped to make such beautiful music. Thank you so much to Eric Hoegemeyer, to Rubin Kodheli on cello, Avram Fefer on bass clarinet, Leah Coloff on cello, Phil Weinrobe and Figure 8, Chris Koltay, Tenzin Choegyal for recording the crickets in his yard in Brisbane, to Wendy Young, Nate Martinez, and Joshua Leeds for your feedback, to St. John the Evangelist Lutheran Church in Brooklyn for allowing us to record there, thank you to Aesop for a wonderful challenge and opportunity. I hope you all enjoy listening. I really love working with Aesop and am so happy to share a 30th anniversary with them.

Thank you for joining us at City Winery!

On June 27th, 2017 we had my 30th birthday which was also a fundraiser for Pathway to Paris, and the release of our new album, Pathway to Paris : Live at City Winery, recorded live at our Pathway to Paris event on September 19th in partnership with UNDP. We released the album with a special edition of USB drives which contained the album, videos, and our Citizen Action Toolkit. The album is available to download on our Bandcamp page, and features 30 tracks of music, poetry, and talks. 


Thank you for joining us at form festival!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pathway to Paris programming at FORM Festival at Arcosanti. We had an incredibly inspiring group of panelists and performers that we look forward to continuing to collaborate with.  

One of the Pathway to Paris panel discussions at FORM festival featuring Jesse Paris Smith, Tenzin Choegyal, Tada Ryvola, Christopher Willits, and moderated by David Garland. Photo by Andrea Egan

One of the Pathway to Paris panel discussions at FORM festival featuring Jesse Paris Smith, Tenzin Choegyal, Tada Ryvola, Christopher Willits, and moderated by David Garland. Photo by Andrea Egan


50 Voices: People's Climate March Solidarity - April 29, 2017

50 voices created this grassroots 'thank you' card for those who participated in the People's Climate March, and who fight every day to protect the Earth. 

On April 29th,  Pathway to Paris pulled together a compilation of a diversity of 50 voices in an effort to show support and solidarity to all of those who marched at the People's Climate Mobilization in Washington, D.C.

Click here for coverage on the march, including incredible photographs and videos which capture the energy of the day



50 contributors from around the world including Jesse Paris Smith and Rebecca Foon (Pathway to Paris), Bill Mckibben and May Boeve (350), Michael Stipe, Anne Waldman, Flea, Scott Patterson, Patti Smith, Tibetan activist Jigme Ugen, Rima Fujita, Alana Amram, Lenny Kaye, Good Leaf (Nfn Kenarahdiyoh) - International Representative to the Economic Social Council of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Brendan Patrick, King Tuff, and Uncle B. A celebratory, grassroots 'thank you' card to the activists fighting daily in this global movement, and a call to action to continue the momentum.

Click here to watch more full length videos from individual contributors. Thank you to everyone!


Happy Earth and Poetry month !! Click here to read my April newsletter!




Released on March 8, 2017 to celebrate International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, Pathway to Paris has released a live recording of ‘Imagine,’ performed at the last Pathway to Paris event which took place on September 19, 2016, on the first day of Climate Week NYC.

The event, presented in collaboration with UNDP, was entitled 'Maintaining the Momentum: A Call to Action on Climate Change', and highlighted the importance of turning the Paris Agreement into action.

Featuring Jesse Paris Smith (piano & vocals), Rebecca Foon (cello & vocals), Suzzy Roche (vocals), Martha Wainwright (vocals), Lucy Wainwright Roche (vocals), Nicole Atkins (vocals), Tony Shanahan (bass), Bill Dobrow (drums). Mastered by Phil Weinrobe. 

Floral Peace Wreath by Flowers in December Design Studio,

Cover Design: Karen Kozy

Original music and words: John Lennon

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

#IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange


Pathway to Paris and UNDP Present: Maintaining the Momentum: A Call to Action on Climate Change, September 19

On the evening of September 19, we will be holding a concert event to kick off Climate Week NYC. Please join us at City Winery in Manhattan for this very special evening. 




The event will call on world leaders to quickly turn climate commitments into action.

All proceeds of the event will go to and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) Digital Platform

Click here to purchase tickets

Monday, September 19

Doors at 6pm, Show at 8pm


Killer Road by Soundwalk Collective and Jesse Paris Smith, with Patti Smith releases on vinyl, digital and CD from Sacred Bones and Bella Union on September 2, 2016. Preorder is available now. More information, description, photos, videos here. 


TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY JULY 27, Pathway to Paris: Live @Le Trianon will be available for digital download from

This album features 11 songs and 6 speeches chosen from 2 evenings at Le Trianon in Paris, December 4 and 5, 2015. The evenings were the final culmination of a year of concerts and events in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference(cop21) which took place in Paris November 30-December 12. 

All proceeds of the album will go to and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)

Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support. 

Jesse and Rebecca (Pathway to Paris) with Bill Mckibben ( at a divestment rally in Paris

Jesse and Rebecca (Pathway to Paris) with Bill Mckibben ( at a divestment rally in Paris

Japan Tour: May 25-June 13

Since Tenzin and I arrived in Japan, each day has been so different. Some days we are traveling, others we are taking in as many sights as we can, either tourist places and landmarks, temples and places of worship, or adventures suggested by our friends who live here. But many days have been filled with music, playing concerts in again, such a vast array of places. We have played in jazz clubs, tiny cafes, a Buddhist temple, an outdoor stage under the trees at the top of a hill in Wakayama, a Tibetan restaurant in Tokyo called Tashi Delek, theaters, and symphony halls. So really every day has been so different, no two days have been alike! For the first 10 days, Tenzin and I were traveling with our friends, playing music with our host, a beautiful Indian classical bansari(flute) player named Taro Terahara, and other musicians who live in Japan. Then we met up with my mom, and played concerts with her and Philip Glass, and have been traveling now with my mom and Lenny Kaye, continuing to play concerts with Tenzin and I as the opening act, performing as a duo with piano, dranyen(3 stringed Tibetan instrument), glingbu(Tibetan flute), singing, and poetry. It has been a wonderful and full experience.  

This visit to Japan has been so rich and full, so diverse. We have been so fortunate to have seen and experienced the many cities and the culture of the people who live in them, and also the beautiful nature and wilderness. We have been on the busiest streets in Tokyo in midday and midnight, breathed the high mountain air, found hidden streams and rivers of the freshest water to put our feet in, visited the vast ocean, took our shoes off to walk in the samurai houses in Sakura, and walked the old towns still preserved in their earliest states. We have stayed in the most beautiful hotels overlooking the cityscape, and slept on tatami mats in the homes of our friends. We have gotten to experience so much, and it has all been so beautiful and amazing, but my very favorite place we visited was Koyasan, specifically the Great Tombstones on the Path to Okunoin. This was perhaps the most peaceful and yet spiritually charged place I have ever been to. This ancient cemetery on this path winding through the ancient forest, was such an incredible perfect melding of the nature of the earth and the culture of mankind. Seeing the modern people of today walking along so calmly through these moss covered grave sites of people gone thousands of years before was such a beautiful melding of old and new, ancient and modern society. It was just perfect. So magical like a dream. Second to this place though, I would have to say the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. The energy there was one of a kind, another place that felt like a dream world. The pride of the fishermen and workers there is so inspiring. I am so grateful that I was able to see both of these incredible places.  



This Saturday, my brother, Tony, my mom, and I return to Chicago for two additional evenings at the Old Town School of Folk Music. We will be performing there May 14 and 15. Tickets and schedule are available here

On May 20, for the second year in a row, we perform in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge for an annual fundraiser for Honzo Haven, a project by our dear friend Dr. Ken of Honzokaku Remedies Center. Please join us! Tickets and schedule are available here


Thank you to everyone for two magical and powerful evenings at Le Trianon. There are no words to express as everything continues to sink in. All I know is that we must continue. This work cannot end here in Paris, let's continue this movement and ride this inspiring energy in the fight for climate justice. 

Here are two films that include moments from each day. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this all possible. Endless gratitude. 

December 4th


December 5th


In light of the recent tragedies in Paris and Beirut, we would like to continue with the Pathway to Paris concerts and bring our voices together in solidarity, offering our love and commitment to a sustainable world.

Pathway to Paris is a call for peace, compassion, respect, equality, justice, democracy, love, human rights and a fight for the survival of our planet. It is about bringing together our voices to highlight our love for this world.

Here is our official press release:


It was a great honor to be a part of the 2015 Social Good Summit, speaking about music and it's role in social activism.  Here is the video of our panel, which was live streamed all over the world, and broadcasted on MSNBC in multiple languages. Please keep up with Martin Fernando Jakobsen and his incredible work with Turning Tables. Here's to a better world in 2030, and even sooner in 2016, 2015..

Very happy to announce the release of Aesop's new fragrance, Tacit, which I was happy to collaborate with them on, composing and recording the music for a film made by Jonathan McCabe. More here. 

Tacit from Aesop on Vimeo.

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported Pathway to Paris, the fundraising and climate change awareness initiative founded by Rebecca Foon and me in collaboration with We just completed our third event, a concert in Montreal, marking the one year anniversary of our very first PTP concert, and of the People's Climate March, which took place last September all over the world. Pathway to Paris is a labor of love, which means that Becky and I are dependent on fiscal help we receive from sponsors, funding, and donations. We want to raise as much money as we can for, and that will be made more possible if all of our expenses are fully funded. Please consider donating to our crowd rise page, or becoming a partner or sponsor of Pathway to Paris. :) Click here to go to our CrowdRise page to donate! Or follow this link:

Thank you to everyone who came to City Winery: Gathering for Nepal and Beyond. We raised $21,000 for earthquake relief efforts. Please click the photo below to read more about the event, see photos, and read about other relief effort updates in the Himalaya. 

City Winery: Gathering for Nepal and Beyond final bow after the finale

City Winery: Gathering for Nepal and Beyond final bow after the finale

On May 5th, we launched Everest Awakening, an initiative to bring together musicians, poets, artists, writers, activists to raise awareness and funds for earthquake relief in Nepal and neighboring regions of the Himalaya. Please join us by going to and please visit to donate to Nepal relief in exchange for tracks donated by over 75 musicians, poets, politicians, etc. More to come, stay tuned. Sending love every day to Nepal, Tibet, India, Bangladesh. 


On April 8th, we had our second Pathway to Paris event, which was hosted by David Garland at The Greene Space, recorded and broadcasted for his show, Spinning On Air. The show was also live streamed and you can watch it below.  It was a wonderful line up of an array of musicians, poets, writers, and activists including Rima Fujita, Tsechu Dolma, Rachel Marco - Havens, and Executive Director of, May Boeve. Thank you to everyone who spoke and performed, and thank you to David Garland for hosting and making it possible. 

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