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Monday, July 09, 2007


According to the Telegraph, the Live Earth concerts were a bit of a flop...

The experienced stadium rock acts briefly instilled a sense of occasion, honours going to Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Genesis. Up and coming arena acts Kasabian and Snow Patrol held their own, but then the mood would drift with middle-ranking pop from Paolo Nutini or Corinne Bailey Rae. Jazzy piano soul from John Legend sent the horde streaming towards the toilets.

Gore's film, An Inconvenient Truth, woke a lot of people up to the very real and imminent dangers of climate change. But the inconvenient truth of Live Earth is that it was a soulless telethon, with no clarity or drive.

I mentioned this to Tres on the way to Kentucky, Friday. I could not see the concept of climate progression as a reason to hold a benefit and figured it was doomed to failure. Unlike, Live Aid, Live 8, or The Concert for Bangladesh, there are really no victims of Al Gore's truthy plague. Now whether one believes in the homocentric concept of Waterworld isn't really the issue when you're holding a benefit. A benefit must have a beneficiary. Whether it is kids with AIDS, college funds, or the hungry, somebody actually has to receive some benefit or else your philanthropy is wasted. For without benefit, you are simply raising the vacuous concept of awareness, talking past those that have already made the change to green or those that decide to remain in their suburban lives spending increased capital on a lifestyle that is fundamentally unsustainable.

In many ways this reminds me of that Rush song about "awareness"...

it's not as if this barricade
blocks the only road
it's not as if you're all alone
in wanting to explode

someone set a bad example
made surrender seem all right
the act of a noble warrior
who lost the will to fight

and now you're trembling on a rocky ledge
staring down into a heartless sea
done with life on a razor's edge
nothing's what you thought it would be


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