Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day

  • Attendees enter the The National Mall for musical performances during the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. The day-long event featured live music and environmental education booths. 
  • Aaron Bush shares a laugh with his wife Manina Bush before the start of The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. The couple traveled from Baltimore, Md., to see Usher perform during the event.
  • VIP attendees of The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event try out Oculus Rift virtual reality technology during the event in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Fans of the K-pop band Vixx cheer as the boy band takes the stage during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Attendees get comfortable in the shade during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  •  My Morning Jacket performs during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Co-host of The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event, Soledad O’Brien addresses the audience on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Audience members tussle over a t-shirt thrown into the crowd during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • The audience cheers as Train performs during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Lead singer of Train, Patrick Monahan, performs during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Dani Rose, center, points out Mary J. Blige to her children, Diego Zein, left and Lola Zein, in the VIP tent during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Mary J. Blige performs during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Mary J. Blige performs during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • The audience vibes along to a performance by Mary J. Blige during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015.
  • The audience vibes along to a performance by Mary J. Blige during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event attendees walk through a NASA display depicting planet Earth, April 18, 2015. 
  • Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event attendees walk past a NASA display depicting planet Earth, April 18, 2015. 
  • Co-host of The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event, Will.i.Am, center, speaks with crew members backstage during the event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • With crutch in-hand and the aid of a golf cart, Usher makes his way from backstage as fans wave, to perform duringThe Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Usher, left, and special guest Common, right, perform during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015.
  • Attendees during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Attendees during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held on the grounds of The National Mall in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015. 
  • Lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, introduces the closing band, No Doubt during The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event in Washington, DC, April 18, 2015.

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The Global Poverty Project on Saturday, April 18, celebrated the 45th anniversary of Earth Day with the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day — a day-long event at the National Mall in Washington, DC. 

Hosted by Will.i.am and Soledad O’Brien, the event united artists like No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, Train and My Morning Jacket with world leaders, finance ministers, environmental and development NGOs and industry executives in the name of one shared goal: to mobilize global citizens in the climate and environmental, poverty and development movements.

By raising awareness, those involved in the show hope to educate and inspire people around the world to take action against extreme poverty, hunger, preventable disease and climate change, and to hold governments, businesses and individuals responsible for committing to real changes.

The Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day was set to coincide with the meetings taking place with the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. 

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