Live Earth Review
I wrote the following article a few years ago for a charity I was supporting and writing
articles for www.actionaidspace.org this site has now been updated to their youth
network site. The actionaidspace site is archived. This is my review of the great Live
Earth gig. I thought I would repost as climate change is a central theme today and a lot
still needs to be done to make sure it doesn’t keep getting worse. Make sure to use
energy efficient lighting, you can also get things like an attachment you can place on in
your shower to save on water. Helps with both bills and the environment. More
importantly follow the seven point pledge :)
The Greatest Show on Earth For Earth…
And I was there. The vortex of Wembley Stadium combined with some of the greatest
names in music was just too powerful for me to avoid. First things first the music – loud
Earth!!!!! Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Metalica, Kasabian, The Black Eyed
Peas, The Beastie Boys, Snow Patrol, Madonna, Genesis, Spinal Tap to name but a few
gave a new meaning to the word “rock!” as they blew the roof off Wembley Stadium! It
was the most incredible atmosphere that we’ve ever been apart of and all in the name of
saving planet earth. I could quite literally go on about these amazing acts/bands forever
especially the legendary Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chilli Peppers….Beastie Boys and
John the Legend – the vortex is strong. However, I’m going to free myself from it and
focus on the saving the world bit.
What was the point of Live earth?
“We’re here to save the earth, can you help?” the opening statement for Live Earth at
Wembley. This was one of the concerts taking place across 7 continents, producing a 24
hour music marathon with the intention of sending out an SOS to the world to save our
The concerts were driven by the SOS campaign. This campaign is pushing to inspire
individuals to change their consumer behaviours and to motivate political leaders to take
action against the current climate crisis. The main message of SOS is that “everyone,
everywhere can and must Answer the Call to solve the climate crisis.”
If the worlds leading scientists are correct, we have just over ten years to take action to
prevent the world from a dramatic increase of extreme weather conditions including
flooding, droughts and heat waves, hurricanes to name but a few. The charity Christian
Aid has recently stated that by 2050 at least 1 billion people could be left homeless as a
result of global warming if nothing is done now. However, looking at the news coverage
of the current flooding crisis in the UK some could argue it’s already started which is why
raising awareness is so important.
The 7 Point Pledge
The fun might be over but the work to save our planet earth has just started! During the
concert, Al Gore (the mastermind of the vortex that was Live Earth) announced a 7 point
pledge. What he hopes is for as many people as possible to take up the points on this
pledge so that we can potentially avoid a crisis:
1. To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next two years that
cuts global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half
worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth
2. To take personal action to help solve the climate crises by reducing my own C02
pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral”
3. To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns
coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the C02
4. To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace,
school, place of worship, and means of transportation
5. To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and
reduce dependence on oil and coal
6. To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests
7. To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the
climate crises and building a sustainable, just and prosperous world for the 21st century.
These points are still relevant today, a little goes quite far, saves lives and can save you
Learn more on climate change and what people are doing about it:
Update yourself with recycled items you can use and love :)
Rupinder K Gill
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