A lower court in Brazil has decided to cancel the Live Earth Concert in Rio because 700,000 Brazilians are planning to attend and the court believes the government of Brazil cannot ensure the safety of the attendees.

This morning I am writing to the Brazilian ambassador to the U.S. urging that the concert proceed. Surely the government of Brazil is very capable of making security arrangements for an event that was long planned.

I am urging concerned Americans to contact the Brazilian Embassy in Washington in support of this concert. For those who do, please be respectful, professional and courteous, but make it clear that Brazil should always act as one of the world's greatest democracies, and a friend to America and those who act to protect the earth. 

I am also contacting representatives of several Democratic presidential candidates and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJames Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Conservative activist wins contest to represent New Hampshire at Republican National Convention Schiff shows clip of McCain in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-Ariz.), urging them to speak out as well.

Live Earth embodies a worldwide union of good and decent people who care deeply about the future of the planet, and we in America stand side by side with our friends in Brazil.