Tomorrow, on the 7 July 2007, is when Live Earth, a huge music event is held. The event is held separately over 7 continents, and many musicians will be performing. The objective is to raise awareness about our planet’s climate crisis, and to get people to take action.
I am moderately pro-green, reusing plastic bags when possible, taking public transport, and rarely buy and drink from cans or plastic bottles. I switch off lights when they’re not in use and turn off my computer when I’m done at work or at home. (If you’re one of my colleagues reading this, please, turn off your computer when done. Saving the couple of minutes for Windows to start up is a ridiculous reason.) But I’m not an extremist.
Saving our Earth. Can we do it? If all of us make a concerted effort.
I’ve read some negative comments about Live Earth contradicting the very message it’s conveying. The argument is that top musicians and artists will need certain comforts, such as private jets, and these comforts will cost the Earth. And concerts consume an insane amount of energy, what with all the lights and sound equipment. And concerts bring huge numbers of people together in one spot. I’m quite sure there will be food, there will be trash, there will be human waste to be disposed of, and not necessarily in that order.
These are all valid arguments. I also want to point out something else. Remember the concerted effort part? To bring people together, with the same purpose, with the same ideal, is hard. As hypocritical as the arguments make of the Live Earth concerts, these concerts will do one thing: align a large number of people on the same wavelength. They just start out with music as the connecting frequency. Everyone sings along and dances with the rhythm. Which brings us to a secondary effect of concerts, that people are energised during the performance. People are enthusiastic, excited and eager, all very positive and supportive qualities for mass ideal alignment.
I’ve played a game, Final Fantasy VII, where the fate of the planet was at stake, the Lifestream of the planet was slowly depleted by inconsiderate acts. Then there’s the scene in Matrix, where Agent Smith was interrogating Morpheus, and Smith says that humans are considered a disease, a virus, because we destroy and consume anything in our path. We latch onto our planet like a parasite and sap the life out of it.
The question is not about whether Live Earth concerts are hypocritical. It’s not about giving up all the niceties that modern technology has brought us, and go live in a cave and eat only produce from our own gardens.
The question is, are you doing anything about it?