Songwriting legend Paul Simon is going on tour this summer, not to promote his latest album, Stranger to Stranger, but to raise money for the environment.

Simon and his world-class band will perform 17 shows from June 1st to June 28th all the proceeds of which will go to the Half-Earth Project, a preservation project meant to preserve Earth's biodiversity by devoting half the Earth's surface to nature.

The singer told Mongabay that he profits from his performances will be meant to further preservation efforts in a "swath of area through Alabama down through the Gulf Coast."

Simon said he became interested in biodiversity after reading the book Half-Earth by environmental scientist Edward O. Wilson.

"In order to stave off the mass extinction of species, including our own, we must move swiftly to preserve the biodiversity of our planet," says Wilson in Half-Earth.

It's his passion for environmental causes that has encouraged Simon to tour again after saying publicly last fall that he should wind down his live performance schedule.

On donating proceeds to the environment, Simon said it will "make me feel that I am making a greater contribution than putting more money in my pocket, which I don't need, or becoming more famous, which I really don't need."

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