Environmentalists Accuse Sting of ‘Enabling’ Environmental ‘Rape’

By Melanie Arter | October 22, 2012 | 11:14 AM EDT

FILE - Musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler attend the Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, on in this April 26, 2011 file photo, in New York. Sting moved the location of his "Back to Bass Tour" concert Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 in the Philippines following a petition by environmentalists who said the original venue is owned by a conglomerate that plans to uproot 182 trees for a parking lot and mall expansion in a northern mountain city. Sting and his wife established The Rainforest Foundation to protect tropical rainforests and their people.(AP Photo/Peter Kramer, FILE)

(CNSNews.com) Environmentalists upset that Sting was planning to hold his Dec. 9 concert in the Philippines at a venue owned by a mall mogul that was planning a mall expansion project accused the rock star and environmental advocate of enabling the “rape of the environment.”

"Sting can't be saving rainforests and enabling SM to rape the environment at the same time!" the Associated Press quoted environmentalists as saying in their petition to Sting’s The Rainforest Foundation, which was established in 1989 to protect tropical rainforests and their inhabitants.

Sting had planned to hold his “Back to Bass Tour” concert in the Philippines at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, owned by SM Prime Holdings, which plans to build a parking lot and mall expansion in a mountain city.

The environmentalists said the mall expansion would uproot trees, which would increase air pollution and cause landslides and flooding near schools.

Sting has decided to move the concert to the Araneta Coliseum, despite pleas from the original venue owner.

“Local promoters Ovation Productions confirmed today that the Sting: Back to Bass concert previously scheduled at the Mall of Asia Arena will now be held at the Araneta Coliseum. There is no change to the show date, which remains Sunday, December 9th, 2012,” Sting’s website announced.

The Arena’s business manager, Arnel Gonzales, said that those opposed to the mall expansion have tried to ruin the corporation’s reputation.

"With this successful move to stop Sting from holding the concert at SM MOA Arena, and referring to the venue as an 'oppressor,' it is now looking more like the court battle has extended from saving trees, to ruining a corporate giant's reputation completely," Gonzales told the AP in a statement.