Monday, July 02, 2007
BURNING CARBON OPPOSED
• Concerts in Sydney, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Hamburg, London, New Jersey and Rio de Janeiro.
• A hoped-for audience of two billion.
• 6,000 parties in 119 countries.
• Saturation coverage from TV, radio, and the internet.
• 150 acts.
• 60 short films, 30 public service announcements, and a book.
Consider the vast carbon footprint of Live Earth, during which the world’s most indulgent people - rock stars - will demand that their followers pledge to “take personal action to help solve the climate crises by reducing my own C02 pollution as much as I can.”
Has Live Earth performer Keith Urban sold his Bentleys yet? (Actually, merely selling those 12-cylinder babies won’t reduce C02 emissions; he must destroy them.) I’ve been trying to come up with a violently destructive Gaia-raping stunt for us to participate in on Live Earth day, but it is literally impossible for even several thousand non-millionaires to match Live Earth’s own level of eco-vandalism while remaining within their means and the law.
We’ve been out-carboned by Big Environmentalism. There’s simply no way we can come close to matching the colossal carbon output of Gore and his musical mates. But it’s not as though Live Earth is grotesquely, hypocritically excessive, oh no; as executive producer Keith Wall explains:
Most artists are coming from nearby areas. Madonna, for example, lives in London and will be performing at Wembley.
And once at Wembley - a tiny village green, I believe - Madonna’s acoustic performance will be enjoyed by 200 vegans, all of whom live within five miles and travel by mule. As for Gore himself, he’ll be at the New Jersey show. Again, Wall explains:
We don’t want him getting on planes burning carbon.