Forget hypocrisy, Live Earth brought message to billions By Joan Anderman
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It`s hard to imagine a better setting for Live Earth, a.k.a. the Concerts For a Climate in Crisis, than the petrochemical corridor of the New Jersey Turnpike. Riding the train from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction (short of walking, bicycling, or riding a horse through the Lincoln Tunnel it was the only responsible way to get to Giants Stadium), the view out the window was a gray panorama of smokestacks and utility towers. This has to be the ungreenest place on earth. For eight hours on Saturday it was the launch site for what Al Gore, the driving force behind Live Earth, hopes will be a worldwide movement to reverse global warming and save the planet.
Plenty of useful information was imparted during short films and impassioned testimonials, but the spotlight was on the pop stars, who are generally not known as beacons of environmental consciousness. There are exceptions. Dave Matthews sang the praises of cloth diapers and his Prius in addition to the apt cautionary tale `Too Much.` Tunstall, midway through a home renovation, is installing solar panels and sheeps - wool insulation, although her admonition to the crowd to `eat more soil or something` seemed an ill-considered bit of advice. But the image of Ludacris rhyming about gas-guzzling SUVs under the Live Earth banner was almost comical. And then there`s Madonna, who headlined Live Earth`s London show at Wembley Stadium, one of nine concerts on seven continents. Madge has an annual carbon imprint a hundred times greater than that of the average human thanks to her nine homes, fleet of cars, and the exhaust-spewing army of buses, semis, and jets used on tours...
Live earth is just a way to get money. Live aid is useful, if it wasn't for the governments of those countries being useless and that being the reason the debt's not paid off and 'needs to be cancelled'. I believe in live aid (helping starving people) a lot more than live earth (giving Gore etc money)
Of course.. Nothing is worse than a flock of millionaire superstars in there jets and fast cars telling the normal folk to go easy on the environment. The Arctic Monkeys refused to play for that exact reason.
I didn't see anything wrong with the goal of Live Aid, and I forgot what Live 8 was all about. I do think the purpose of Live Earth was just stupid, though. I bet all the celebrities/rock stars involved flew in on their private jets, and then rode in limosines to the concert. If they really want to reduce their carbon footprint, they can swim across the Atlantic to get to the coast and then walk there. Oh yeah, and the concert should be completely acoustic. Do you have any idea how much energy the amps use?