French electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre stages a live concert at the Dead Sea aimed at raising awareness to the area's dire environmental conditions. Rough Cut (no reporter).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Hundreds of people attended a live concert by French electronic music artist, Jean-Michel Jarre, in Masada historic desert site near the Dead Sea in Israel on Thursday (April 6). The concert which was titled "Zero Gravity" aimed to raise awareness of the area's dire environmental conditions. During the event, a big electronic screen on stage was showing facts about the Dead Sea, about 425 metres (1,400 feet) below sea level. Jarre who is a UNESCO Goodwill ambassador, reminded people of the importance of spreading awareness of the dangers that the Dead Sea is facing, saying that it is losing around 1.2 metres of its water every year. According to research by an Israeli parliamentary research group, the main reason the sea is shrinking is because its natural water sources, which flow south through the Jordan river valley from Syria and Lebanon, have been diverted for agriculture and drinking water along the way. Jarre who is also a composer and a lyricist, has sold around 80 million albums world-wide since the late 70s, according to his official website.