EG350, South Eugene High School’s climate club, will be holding a benefit concert on June 2 in the Little Theater at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the concert will go to 350 Tuvalu.
Tuvalu is a collection of nine islands in the South Pacific Ocean that is being suffering significant impacts due to the changing climate. The temperature is increasing dramatically, the oceans are rising and becoming more acidic, and tropical storms are getting more severe. 350 Tuvalu is a student environmental group on the island that is working to fight the effects of climate change on their island nation.
The benefit concert will feature many of the talented musicians and singers of South Eugene High School, among them the Dorians jazz choir; some combos from the jazz band; Synergy, an all-female a capella group from Oregon Children’s Choir; Hyde Lane; and solos from Ashley Schmittle and Jay Stoe. South Junior Laura Fullerton, one of the organizers of the event, will be performing an original song with the Dorians.
“I think it’s really important for people, specifically in this community, to remember that even though a lot of us have the power to stop climate change and to help the earth, we are not the ones that will be primarily affected by it,” Fullerton said. “We are keeping in mind the lives and livelihood of the people in Puerto Rico and Tuvalu and the Dominican Republic who don’t have the resources or legal ability to help themselves in the fight against climate change. They’re actively fighting, but we have this power that we need to know how to use.”
The concert will cost $5-$10 at the door on a sliding scale, and there will also be a raffle, concessions, and more opportunities to donate.