In less than two weeks, the courageous students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida have managed to pressure the president to propose a bump stock ban, pushed for a CNN town hall, pressured advertisers to stop funding the NRA, and crowd-sourced millions of dollars for a march. And just to think, they’ve only just begun.
Fueled with the desire to make a long-lasting change, the residents of the normally quiet, attractive suburb of Parkland are carrying their voices across the nation in an effort to make sure that the tragedy that took 17 lives on Valentine’s Day never happens again. Many Hollywood celebrities and personalities have shown their support by pledging millions of dollars for the Parkland students and their planned March 24th walkout to help stop gun violence. George and Amal Clooney and Oprah are backing these inspirational high school students, just to name a few.
But there’s one celebrity doing his part under the radar. Chris Martin traveled to Parkland to meet with survivors and their families during a private event at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Along with the Love Button Global Movement, the Coldplay front man took the time to listen to students, teachers, staff, and parents tell their stories. With no media in tow, Martin was there with just one mission: to help spread a message of love.
The Love Button Global Movement is an organization that fosters loving acts of kindness. The movement was founded by two doctors, Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami, to help transform and uplift the lives of our united human family. The funds from the organization are used to support local and intimate events and gatherings like the one Chris attended in Coral Springs.
If you haven’t already noticed, Chris Martin often wears his love button at his Coldplay concerts. As a matter of fact, he’s rarely seen without it. It’s his personal reminder to always pay it forward with the currency of love.
During this time of grief, loss, confusion, and frustration, it’s wonderful to see celebrities like Chris Martin not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. As his actions prove, we need to do more listening.
As the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School are slowly going back to school to what is now their new normal, the world is beginning to listen and pay attention. The message is simple: pause and love. And as the Love Button Global Movement puts it, “Together, we are healing our world.”