Madonna and Barbra Streisand lead call for global change after COVID-19 crisis


Madonna and Barbra Streisand are among a host of stars calling for global economic and cultural change to avert another ecological disaster like the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are joined by 200 scientists and artists including Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix, Juliette Binoche, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Olivia Wilde, Sting, and Iggy Pop in signing an op-ed in French newspaper Le Monde titled, ‘No to a return to normal’.

The article begins: “The Covid-19 pandemic is a tragedy. This crisis, however, has the virtue of inviting us to face the essential questions. The assessment is simple: the “adjustments” are no longer enough, the problem is systemic.

“The current ecological disaster is a “meta-crisis”: the massive extinction of life on Earth is no longer in doubt and all indicators point to a direct existential threat. Unlike a pandemic, as serious as it is, it is a global collapse whose consequences will be beyond measure.

“We therefore solemnly call on leaders and citizens to get out of the untenable logic that still prevails, to finally work on a deep overhaul of objectives, values and savings.”

The op-ed went on to claim that consumerism “has led us to deny life in itself” and that pollution, global warming and habitat destruction have led the world to “breaking point”.

It concluded: “The radical transformation that is required – at all levels – requires audacity and courage. It will not take place without a massive and determined commitment. When are the acts? It is a matter of survival, as much as dignity and consistency.”

Other stars who put their names to the article include Jane Fonda, Alfonso Cuaron, Vanessa Paradis, Pedro Almodovar, Willem Dafoe, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, and Marianne Faithful, who has battled COVID-19 herself.