Saturday, July 07, 2007

Live Earth

So, while I'm totally appreciating some really awesome acts at the Live Earth concerts from the comfort of my couch, the whole concept has me a bit miffed, really.

Having explained three separate times what the concept of the concerts is, I got started thinking about the environment in general, and about global warming in specific. I have some plans to change several aspects of our lifestyle once we're moved and settled, and so I've been doing a lot of research (and soul-searching) on environmental issues. Which brings me to my bone of contention with Live Aid: isn't it sort of hypocritcal to hold a concert to promote the awareness of global warming (sorry, "climate change") using many of the things that *cause* global warming or are damaging to the environment in and of themselves? For example:

ALL that electricity
transportation for all these millions of people, including rock stars, who don't usually travel in biodiesel jet planes
the waste produced by all those concertgoers - much of it non-recyclable!

It just seems a little counter-productive to stage this huge event to convince us all to save the earth, while using up valuable resources and contributing unnecessary pollution, etc. I mean, sure, they're making an effort, but it's not 100% effective. These concerts, like it or not, will have a negative environmental impact. They can't help it. And all to raise awareness of something that WE'RE ALREADY AWARE OF! So, yeah, I think that's a bit hypocritical. And yeah, it irritates me. Did I still watch Pink Floyd and the Police?

Hell yes.

1 comment:

Ninotchka said...

HOLY HELL! I thought/questioned the exact same thing. Isn't the concert and all of the tireless promotion wasting the very same resources it's trying to "save?" Duh. duh. duh.