by , 07/06/07
filed under: Events, New York City, News

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In less than 10 hours one of the biggest events in music history, Live Earth, is set to begin in Sydney. With an expected audience of over 2 billion people, the organizers of the event hope that this 24 hour worldwide concert will raise awareness on the issue of global warming and get people to take action in solving the climate crisis. Artists performing at the event range from Madonna and James Blunt at the London Event to Dave Matthews and the recently reunited The Police in the United States, and many many more! Check the website for the full lineup- the music starts tonight at 9:10pm EST!

Live Earth is being promoted by Save Our Selves foundation, which was created by Kevin Wall and Al Gore. One of the main goals of the event is to get people involved in the fight against global warming. To do this, organizers plan on asking concert goers and viewers to support a pledge to reduce global warming by, amongst other things, demanding a new international treaty to reduce greenhouse gases, a reduction in the construction of coal-based power plants, support green businesses, and reduce personal consumption and take personal action to become carbon neutral. The website for the event offers a fair bit of information and tips that you can help you achieve this goal.

While we’re thrilled that there’s so much attention being focused on a good cause, we’re a little skeptical as to the “greenness” of the even itself- a gathering of this magnitude (the power required for the concerts, food and refreshments being trucked in, etc) rivals that of the superbowl in its carbon emissions (although the Superbowl has in fact been carbon-neutral for a few years now). So, as we’re enjoying the music, let’s not forget the original intent behind Live Earth, and maybe even go a step further to neutralize our own carbon footprint, and take a critical look at whether events like this are a viable solution- what other ways can you help out?

The concert starts at 9:10p.m. New York time on the 6th of July. If you can’t make it to the concert, like most people, you should be able to watch it on your local television channels, or via the web. If you are attending, the music fan within us is jealous of you.

+ Live Earth
+ Live Earth’s first green test: clean up after own mess

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  1. royalestel July 11, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    What the? They really expected 2 BILLION viewers? A third of the entire world’s population? I’m just guessing here, but I don’t think they reached the two billion mark.

  2. J July 9, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    was live earth a free concert?? or did you have to pay for tickets?? and if ickets were paid for, where did the money go? to what charity or intiative?? I visited their site but couldnt find any info

  3. Megan July 9, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    I guess I sort of appreciate the effort of making environmental awareness “cool”, but why headline it with some of the biggest hypocrites? I mean, really, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris? Madonna, even. Al Gore as well, I wish I could remember the site giving details about his very large home and very large electric bill.

    Also, even if this concert is as “green” as possible, it still speaks of mindless consumerism and entertainment. Did they do a poll for audience members, at least, about why they were there?

    Was it to support activism regarding climate change/global warming, or was it to see X, Y, and Z?

    I’m tired of being cynical, I really am, trust me. :(

  4. Michael July 9, 2007 at 3:51 am

    I was lucky enough to witness the 151st band to play at Live Earth. Or maybe I was unlucky. I haven’t decided yet.

    An “ethical folk-pop-rock” duo called Quentin and Crisp popped up in Budapest, where they had a big screen to show all the events, and played a song about climate change and other issues.

    I believe they are a comedy act, but they could just be naff.

    Anyway, I found a video of the event here:

  5. gretchen July 6, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Concerning emissions produced by the event itself: To their credit, Live Earth, has been working with the US Green Building Council to follow Green Event Guidelines for all venues. Its unclear if this will result in a carbon-neutral event, but efforts include:

    * All electricity that powers the shows will be from renewable sources, either through utility supplied renewable energy, biodiesel generators, or renewable energy credits.

    * Concessionaires will be encouraged to use and directed to suppliers of agricultural/ biodegradable plastics (i.e. made from corn). Also, concessionaire waste will be minimized through a comprehensive recycling and reuse system organized at the venue.

    * Venue offices, walkways, etc will be optimized to use as little electricity as possible.

    * The entire production design will follow sustainable light design principles. Production lighting will include the use of LED light bulbs, signage will be produced from recycled or agricultural materials, and some tickets will be integrated with public transportation access and green messaging.

    * Live Earth staff and artist air travel will be offset through carbon credits

    * Audience travel can count for up to 50% of an event’s impact so Live Earth is encouraging concert-goers to carpool or take public transportation as well as offering information and links on the Live Earth website.

    * Green practices have been implemented in the Live Earth offices and web-hosting for the effort is being supplied by, the world’s only 100% solar powered data center.

    A press release outlining many of these efforts can be found here:

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