The global warming “band” wagon

Long after Michael Jackson wrote the Earth Song about man-made calamities, Al Gore made a film and made a speech at the Oscars about our planet and global warming. Now Al ‘I used to be the next President of America’ Gore is promoting the Live Earth concerts to Save Our Selves.

All very noble, if it did not entail massive spending of energy, and where does one start?

Pop stars getting on the band wagon literally and taking their entourages on flights to various locations (although Sheryl Crow is taking a bio-diesel bus instead on her US tour), the electricity consumed in powering guitars/ amps/ microphones and in lighting up stadia (after all Madonna is hardly going to sing unplugged and seated, with a candle and mandolin for company!), and not to mention the large numbers who will travel to see the simultaneous concerts and the even larger numbers who will tune into their television sets to watch it.

The only thing that seems funny in all this are the headlines. Don’t forget to get your pun-cells into gear:

“Sheryl Crow starts global warming tour”

“Madonna heads UK Live Earth bill”

Enough said. Never mind there is no Freddie Mercury anymore to get people clapping in unison in several cities at once…

17 thoughts on “The global warming “band” wagon

  1. Well…

    From, the live Earth website:


    All Live Earth venues will be designed and constructed by a groundbreaking team of sustainability engineers and advisors directed by John Picard. This greening team will address the environmental and energy management concerns of each concert site, as well as the operations of sponsors, partners, and other Live Earth affiliates.

    Each venue will not only be designed to maintain a minimum environmental impact, but will showcase the latest state-of-the-art energy efficiency, on-site power generation, and sustainable facilities management practices.”

    Also see:

    “https://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/”

    Somewhere I read that Al Gore trades his travel carbon production for green investments, etc, staying carbon neutral, as they call it.

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  2. Well…

    From, the live Earth website:


    All Live Earth venues will be designed and constructed by a groundbreaking team of sustainability engineers and advisors directed by John Picard. This greening team will address the environmental and energy management concerns of each concert site, as well as the operations of sponsors, partners, and other Live Earth affiliates.

    Each venue will not only be designed to maintain a minimum environmental impact, but will showcase the latest state-of-the-art energy efficiency, on-site power generation, and sustainable facilities management practices.”

    Also see:

    “https://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/”

    Somewhere I read that Al Gore trades his travel carbon production for green investments, etc, staying carbon neutral, as they call it.

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  3. Well…

    From, the live Earth website:


    All Live Earth venues will be designed and constructed by a groundbreaking team of sustainability engineers and advisors directed by John Picard. This greening team will address the environmental and energy management concerns of each concert site, as well as the operations of sponsors, partners, and other Live Earth affiliates.

    Each venue will not only be designed to maintain a minimum environmental impact, but will showcase the latest state-of-the-art energy efficiency, on-site power generation, and sustainable facilities management practices.”

    Also see:

    “https://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/”

    Somewhere I read that Al Gore trades his travel carbon production for green investments, etc, staying carbon neutral, as they call it.

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  4. Thanks, Noah. (I am still unsure why your comments keep going to moderation but I will learn in time…)

    This may be an extreme view, but I see carbon permits or carbon off-setting as purchasing freedom from guilt. If the situation really IS that bad – and I am not confident of saying it is or equally it is not – then the answer in my view is in end-of-pipe solutions. Just like in morbid obesity, where surgery is needed to enable the individual to function and start on ‘preventative’/ maintenance steps like exercise and nutritional changes. When things go very bad, tough steps are required. Innovation, not trading permits, will bring the answer in my view.

    So all that ‘innovative’ technology, which is being showcased, is great but it still does not take away from the fact that these concerts are not such a great idea. May be the best thing WOULD have been Madonna singing ‘Hung Up’ with a mandolin, in front of a candle and this being broadcast on the web, through a webcam in her house!

    BTW Al Gore would be putting his money where his mouth is, if he DONATED the money instead of INVESTING it.

    I am not sceptical about climate change, I am sceptical about PR and warm-afterglow-of-apparent-action type strategies to deal with it.

    PS: An unplugged version of ‘Hung Up’: now there is a thought!

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  5. Thanks, Noah. (I am still unsure why your comments keep going to moderation but I will learn in time…)

    This may be an extreme view, but I see carbon permits or carbon off-setting as purchasing freedom from guilt. If the situation really IS that bad – and I am not confident of saying it is or equally it is not – then the answer in my view is in end-of-pipe solutions. Just like in morbid obesity, where surgery is needed to enable the individual to function and start on ‘preventative’/ maintenance steps like exercise and nutritional changes. When things go very bad, tough steps are required. Innovation, not trading permits, will bring the answer in my view.

    So all that ‘innovative’ technology, which is being showcased, is great but it still does not take away from the fact that these concerts are not such a great idea. May be the best thing WOULD have been Madonna singing ‘Hung Up’ with a mandolin, in front of a candle and this being broadcast on the web, through a webcam in her house!

    BTW Al Gore would be putting his money where his mouth is, if he DONATED the money instead of INVESTING it.

    I am not sceptical about climate change, I am sceptical about PR and warm-afterglow-of-apparent-action type strategies to deal with it.

    PS: An unplugged version of ‘Hung Up’: now there is a thought!

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  6. Thanks, Noah. (I am still unsure why your comments keep going to moderation but I will learn in time…)

    This may be an extreme view, but I see carbon permits or carbon off-setting as purchasing freedom from guilt. If the situation really IS that bad – and I am not confident of saying it is or equally it is not – then the answer in my view is in end-of-pipe solutions. Just like in morbid obesity, where surgery is needed to enable the individual to function and start on ‘preventative’/ maintenance steps like exercise and nutritional changes. When things go very bad, tough steps are required. Innovation, not trading permits, will bring the answer in my view.

    So all that ‘innovative’ technology, which is being showcased, is great but it still does not take away from the fact that these concerts are not such a great idea. May be the best thing WOULD have been Madonna singing ‘Hung Up’ with a mandolin, in front of a candle and this being broadcast on the web, through a webcam in her house!

    BTW Al Gore would be putting his money where his mouth is, if he DONATED the money instead of INVESTING it.

    I am not sceptical about climate change, I am sceptical about PR and warm-afterglow-of-apparent-action type strategies to deal with it.

    PS: An unplugged version of ‘Hung Up’: now there is a thought!

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  7. Hi, Shefaly.

    Mmm, the opportunity to salve your guilt, should anyone be uncertain whether the situation deserves an end-of-pipe solution, is available at:

    https://www.nativeenergy.com/Splash/ClimateCrisis/ClimateCrisis.html?ClimateCrisis

    Regarding your comment, “Innovation, not trading permits, will bring the answer in my view.”, innovative technology is what the live Earth venues will showcase. The concerts will demonstrate conservation technology as hip and sexy, hoping people and businesses buy into it.

    Myself, I would like to see more people relying on measures of their ecological footprint, a better picture of their environmental impact.
    Check out:

    https://www.footprintnetwork.org/

    and be sure to click “Who We Are” in the lower left of their homepage.

    -Noah

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  8. Hi, Shefaly.

    Mmm, the opportunity to salve your guilt, should anyone be uncertain whether the situation deserves an end-of-pipe solution, is available at:

    https://www.nativeenergy.com/Splash/ClimateCrisis/ClimateCrisis.html?ClimateCrisis

    Regarding your comment, “Innovation, not trading permits, will bring the answer in my view.”, innovative technology is what the live Earth venues will showcase. The concerts will demonstrate conservation technology as hip and sexy, hoping people and businesses buy into it.

    Myself, I would like to see more people relying on measures of their ecological footprint, a better picture of their environmental impact.
    Check out:

    https://www.footprintnetwork.org/

    and be sure to click “Who We Are” in the lower left of their homepage.

    -Noah

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  9. Hi, Shefaly.

    Mmm, the opportunity to salve your guilt, should anyone be uncertain whether the situation deserves an end-of-pipe solution, is available at:

    https://www.nativeenergy.com/Splash/ClimateCrisis/ClimateCrisis.html?ClimateCrisis

    Regarding your comment, “Innovation, not trading permits, will bring the answer in my view.”, innovative technology is what the live Earth venues will showcase. The concerts will demonstrate conservation technology as hip and sexy, hoping people and businesses buy into it.

    Myself, I would like to see more people relying on measures of their ecological footprint, a better picture of their environmental impact.
    Check out:

    https://www.footprintnetwork.org/

    and be sure to click “Who We Are” in the lower left of their homepage.

    -Noah

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  10. Thanks Noah. I shall check those links out soonest.

    Meanwhile I must read those FAQs to find why your comments keep getting sent to ‘moderation’… This learning curve is more a noose than a steep line.

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  11. Thanks Noah. I shall check those links out soonest.

    Meanwhile I must read those FAQs to find why your comments keep getting sent to ‘moderation’… This learning curve is more a noose than a steep line.

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  12. Thanks Noah. I shall check those links out soonest.

    Meanwhile I must read those FAQs to find why your comments keep getting sent to ‘moderation’… This learning curve is more a noose than a steep line.

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