Just how green is Live Earth ?

Seems to be alot of people putting it down…

Via Yahoo News:

Just how green is Live Earth?
By JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer Thu Jul 5, 6:05 PM ET

NEW YORK – Live Earth organizers have gone to considerable lengths to marry the global event’s methods with its message, but they’ve been called hypocrites by critics as varied as a Congressman and one of the Who.

Live Earth on Saturday will hold eight concerts (seven if the show in Brazil is cancelled, as was a possibility Thursday) that bring together over 150 acts to perform for arena-size audiences from Australia to New Jersey. Any event of such magnitude is bound to create trash and use gas — and some have claimed this contradicts Live Earth’s green goal of raising awareness for climate change.

“The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert,” Who lead singer Roger Daltrey [They were not invited to perform] recently told a British newspaper.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. (who has called global warming a “hoax”), earlier in a posting on the Web site for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works called on Hollywood global warming activists “who talk the talk, to walk the walk.”

To maintain its green integrity, Live Earth is implementing “green event guidelines” for its concerts. The guidelines were issued with support from the U.S. Green Building Council; John Picard, a former-member of President Clinton’s Green White House task force, is leading the efforts.

The guidelines are: all electricity that powers the shows will be from renewable sources; concessionaires will be encouraged to use suppliers of biodegradable plastics; waste will be minimized through recycling and reuse; venue offices will use as little energy as possible; production lighting will include the use of LED light bulbs; staff and artist air travel will be offset through carbon credits; and ground travel will be by hybrid or high-efficiency vehicles where possible.

“This is going to be the greenest event of its kind, ever,” former Vice President and Live Earth partner Al Gore told The Associated Press. “The carbon offsets and the innovative practices that are being used to make this a green event, I think, will set the standard for years to come.”

Still, some — like Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy — have criticized the use of private jets for artists. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has also claimed it is inconsistent with the message of Live Earth to host meat-selling vendors at the concerts.

Others have voiced skepticism that carbon-neutral efforts don’t absolve pollution. (The concept of carbon neutral is to offset carbon dioxide emissions with the help of companies that cancel out carbons in some way, such as by planting trees.)

Picard has called offsets “a necessary evil right now.” Live Earth’s U.S. carbon offsetting will be handled by Native Energy, a Native American energy company.

Experts say any impact caused by Live Earth will be far outweighed by its accomplishment. The goal of Live Earth, founded by concert producer Kevin Wall, is to “trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.” Through various media, the concerts hope to attract an audience of over two billion.

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Either way it’s still going to happen. On a telly or online near you.

2 thoughts on “Just how green is Live Earth ?

  • 8th July 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Niki, seems everyone found your curry finger licking good, You certainly ‘converted’ me.
    For a good variety on Vegan food and sweets you may want to visit the Hare Krsna kitchens. They don’t use pungents (but still manage to add flavour) and they do use milk (which I know you don’t ‘approve’ of, but they offer a wide and diverse variety of tasty and great looking Vegan dishes. Enjoy!

  • 8th July 2007 at 6:52 pm

    PS – A rock concert is always going to use a lot of energy and lighting (even an open air concert on a beautiful summer day).
    But I think this wasabout getting the message across. Heavy Industry and the air travel Industry are where we need to see significant changes. We all enjoy cheap air travel, we do not need to pump up the prices, but address the fuel issue. Pumping up the prices on car fuel has literally just driven those on lower incomes off the road – not so much encouraged ‘voluntary’ public transport, nor gone far enough to promote alternative fuels – hybrids or electric cars. For example: The uk could become the world leader in marketing lotus (electric) cars to a mid-range two seater market.
    But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day!


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