On July 7th, the group Live Earth will host its Concert for a Climate In Crisis in 7 arenas in all 7 continents across the globe. According to its website Live Earth expects to have over 1 million attendees at its 7 venues. So far the planned venues are:
Brazil – TBD
Japan – TBD
United States – TBD
Antarctica – TBD
Also they expect to have over 100 musical headliners at these venues.
Also, according to the website:
SOS is designed to trigger a global movement to combat our climate crisis. It will reach people in every corner of the planet through television, film, radio, the Internet and Live Earth, a 24-hour concert on 7/7/07 across all 7 continents that will bring together more than 100 of the world’s top musical acts. Live Earth alone will engage an audience of more than 2 billion people through concert attendance and broadcasts. MSN has partnered with SOS to use its reach to make the Live Earth concerts available across the globe. The Live Earth audience, and the proceeds from the concerts, will create the foundation for a new, multi-year global effort to combat the climate crisis led by The Alliance for Climate Protection and its Chair, Vice President Al Gore. SOS was founded by Kevin Wall, who won an Emmy as Worldwide Executive Producer of Live 8.
I do have a few environmental concerns:
How will those 1 million concert attendees get to the concert? Does anyone really think they are all going to walk?
Will the 100+ stars performing at these concerts fly commercial and take public transportation to the concert venues?
How many support people must be employed around the globe to broadcast this event? Will they fly then drive to work?
Will 2 billion televisions/radios/computers all tuned into this concert at the same time create a carbon footprint?
How much trash will be produced at the venues?
Will Sheryl Crow have a problem with all the toilet paper used by these 1 million concert goers?
Will a live concert in Antartica harm the delicate ecology?
And my biggest question: How much money will Al Gore make as Chairman of this foundation?
This grandiose extravaganza is all well and good. It allows stars to visit exotic locations (surely on someone else’s dime), most likely by luxurious means, while feeling good about saving the planet. But, if as the organizers claim, our planet is in crisis, this surely adds to the earth’s burden.
But, in this do as I say not as I do world of Hollywood, media, and music, the end always justifies the means. And in the entertainment industry, self-righteously raising awareness is the ultimate means to be attained.
I suggest that we the people do something to save the planet: Let’s all turn off our televisions, radios, computers and cell phones that day. Let’s putter in our gardens or walk in the park. Let’s not travel to exotic locations to watch the likes of Sheryl Crow preach and perform. Let’s vow not to use stamps or envelopes to send donations to line Al Gore’s pockets that day.
We, too, can change the world.