July 7th – Live Earth concerts go to SOS.

Gore has heart burn!

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.

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17 Responses to July 7th – Live Earth concerts go to SOS.

  1. Hey, a whole hotel full of new lightbulbs is not something to sneer at. And if it’s a hotel that’s part of a chain, then the whole chain will probably go CFL once it sees the lower energy bills of that first one.

    Granted, most big hotels have probably already installed efficient lighting. I would hope so anyway, just from a cost saving perspective. But my point is the Live Earth people are making a good effort at minimizing their climate impact. Why go snarky on them?

    Are you arguing that we should not have rock concerts? Or maybe you think we should only have acoustic music within walking distance?

  2. matt says:

    Hi Andrew

    Personally I’m arguing for concrete education programmes for the youth about climate change. I’m not sure a huge egotistical fanfare such as Live Earth is going to achieve much, except burn loads of carbon, for which the SOS answer is to purchase carbon credits. The question should be; is it carbon-cost effective to produce these concerts, that have a message about climate change? Surely the answer to that is no!

    If you want a good alternative for an education event, aimed at kids about CC, see the ‘Party for the Planet’ link at;


    It’s happening in London on the same day as Live Earth. This is a fun & a well thought through educational event. πŸ™‚

  3. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    Right on!

    Hi Andrew,

    Considering that the new bulbs they are encouraging have some major problems, like mercury contamination, pushing them now may well be doing more harm than good, much like all the Global Warming hype.

    the Grit

  4. Dan says:

    I have to admit I am also in the snarky brigade when it comes to Live Earth. These things have very little impact on the people who go, because they go to see a pop concert rather than be educated. And the organisers are pretty good at running pop concerts, and pretty bad at educating people!

    You have really to be at square zero to learn something by Live Earth, and even then the ethical message is very unclear. Ethical lessons have to be taught by example. You can’t vaguely infer one thing and explictly act in a conflicting manner, and expect people to understand the message.

  5. matt says:

    Well said Dan.

  6. earthpal says:

    Yes, well said Dan. These concerts tend to inspire the odd few people and highlight a cause but the publicity and the goodwill soon fades. And, in the case of Live Earth, all we’re left with are some rather counterproductive C02 emissions because I don’t believe these things can ever be carbon neutral.

  7. merv says:

    Im a Brit , god help me., But lets be honest none of the concerts will do diddly squit for the enviroment. The so called chosen have used my carbon footprint for the next 10 years to get there. Its time the likes of you and me got off our asses and rebelled. Politicians dont give a shit for what we want . Time to make a change for the commion man and woman . Merv

  8. matt says:

    There’s a secret gathering of the rebellious at Red Lion Square, Holborn, London on the night of the 9th full moon. Wear your anarchy symbol proudly around your neck and gather in the centre of the grass area.

    Further instructions will be given out on the night. The time has come.

  9. Pete Smith says:

    Merv, I sympathise. I don’t like being lectured by so-called celebrities whose suits cost more than my car, and whose understanding of the issues can be written on the back of a stamp. These people are not my role models.

  10. matt says:

    Oh but Pete, Joss Stone (in between giggles) says we can save the planet in ‘5 minutes’. Apparently all we have to do is plant a tree and buy an energy saving light bulb.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

  11. Pete Smith says:

    Erratic faux-soul chanteuse Joss Stone said that? Must be true.

    If everyone on the planet wanted to plant a tree and install a new light bulb, I can foresee the occasional supply problem

    Glad to see that the Chinese Live Earth gig raised such interest. The venue had a capacity of 3,000 and they couldn’t even fill it! So much for capturing Chinese hearts and minds.

  12. matt says:

    > Chinese Live Earth gig

    Omg, that explains why I couldn’t find a single image on google of their concert!! Sensible lot those Chinese.

    Probably why I’m off to Chinatown today. πŸ™‚

  13. Ken says:

    How much fuel and power will be used to put this awareness crap on? How much fuel did Bore Gore use flying around in his personal jet (by himself). All this promotes is a bunch of wanna-be bands and has beens trying to boost sales. I could care less about his useless dribble. Oh, by the way, has his family farms quit growing and selling tobacco?

  14. matt says:

    Dunno, you’re telling the story dude.

  15. Pete Smith says:

    I don’t know either. Shall we vote on it? πŸ™‚

  16. matt says:

    We could; while smokin’ a fat cuban & drinkin’ a fine whisky … back room deals kinda thing. First I need to know what it is we’re voting on. πŸ™‚

  17. Pete Smith says:

    Your starter for ten: “Has/have Al Gore’s family farm/farms quit growing and selling tobacco?”

    Have to hurry you …. πŸ™‚

    And for a bonus point: “Would people be so angry about Live Earth if Al Gore hadn’t been involved?”

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