Al Gore’s answer for more publicity and education on climate change is to have a series of concerts around the world on July 7th. Update yourself on the details at Live Earth.
Meanwhile blogworld rages about the impending emissions that will be caused by this musicians lovefest. It has been said that various measures will be taken to make these concerts ‘carbon neutral’ to produce something called a Green Event Standard. In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Commission, SOS – The Campaign for a Climate Crisis will implement the new Green Event Standard with Live Earth.
John Picard, the award-winning sustainability expert and former member of President Clinton’s Green White House task force, is leading the SOS team of sustainability experts. It is hoped that the Green Event Standard will become the model for carbon neutral concerts and other live entertainment events in the future. Here are some of the supposed measures to be taken to try and meet that ambition;
*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 system organized at the venue.
*Venue offices, walkways, etc will be retrofitted with compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs, where possible. The entire production design will follow sustainable light design principles. Production lighting will include the use of LED light bulbs and production/artist trailers will be incorporate low impact technology in areas such as air conditioning units.
*SOS staff and artist air travel will be offset through carbon credits.
*Ground travel will be hybrid or other clean fuel where possible.
*Hotels will be directed to change light bulbs to CFLs, use nontoxic cleaning products, and have recycling containers present in the rooms.
So, hotels will be directed to change their light bulbs. Really!? And the carbon traders just got richer. Well, that’s alright then.