MANILA, Philippines — Sting has moved the location of his “Back to Bass Tour” concert in the Philippines following a petition by environmentalists who said the original venue is owned by a conglomerate that plans to uproot 182 trees for a parking lot and mall expansion in a northern mountain city.
The SM Mall of Asia Arena said on Saturday that changing the site of the Dec. 9 concert was “the decision of the artist himself.”
Environmentalists said in their petition that as a champion of the environment, “Sting can't be saving rainforests and enabling SM to rape the environment at the same time!”
Sting and his wife Trudie Styler established The Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to protect tropical rainforests and the people who live there.
Karlo Marko Altomonte, who initiated the petition, wrote Sting's foundation saying that removing the trees would significantly increase air pollution and the risk of landslides and flooding in an area near schools.
“Thank you, Sting, for helping us defend our environment, our heritage, our home,” he wrote on his Facebook page.