Saturday, 7 July 2007

LIVE EARTH, OR... WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?


Wembley is up for a big party again today for one of the series of concerts taking place in 8 different countries this weekend to ‘Save the Earth from Global Warming’, courtesy of Mr. Al Gore, all ‘fueled up’ by his recent Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth”.

Now, I don’t want to sound as the ‘ever-so-cynical-kill-joy’ about this sort of thing but… if it takes the former US Vice-President dozens of planes to move around the world more than 150 artists, bands, celebrities and respective entourages and equipment, plus all the energy these concerts will consume, all adding to the so-called “global carbon footprints”, to say “an inconvenient truth”, such as “you need to ratify the Kyoto Protocol”, to the current US President, then… I am sorry, this party is not for me!

Wembley is up for a big party again today for one of the series of concerts taking place in 8 different countries this weekend to ‘Save the Earth from Global Warming’, courtesy of Mr. Al Gore, all ‘fueled up’ by his recent Oscar for “An Inconvenient Truth”.

Now, I don’t want to sound as the ‘ever-so-cynical-kill-joy’ about this sort of thing but… if it takes the former US Vice-President dozens of planes to move around the world more than 150 artists, bands, celebrities and respective entourages and equipment, plus all the energy these concerts will consume, all adding to the so-called “global carbon footprints”, to say “an inconvenient truth”, such as “you need to ratify the Kyoto Protocol”, to the current US President, then… I am sorry, this party is not for me!

4 comments:

Nick said...

Great question!
Very well put and brilliantly illustrated!

Enjoy your weekend.

Koluki said...

Thanks!
By the way, do you have an answer by any chance?

Enjoy your weekend too.

szavanna said...

Hi there Koluki, absolutely right - this was on my mind while listening to Baaba Maal and Angelique and all other brilliant musicians which really made me enjoy this event a lot less.I think it would be important for all these artists to think about this point before agreeing to take part in such a project! greetings from Szavanna

Koluki said...

Hi Szavanna!
Thanks for the comment. I totally agree with you. The issue I see here is that a number of artists these days appear to feel less worthy if they don't get into all these "celebrity bandwagons" around causes turned "celebres" for much less than they're credited for... If, specially African artists, were to think twice as you suggest, they could just bear in mind the "segregation" happened at Live 8, particularly in the UK!