Save our Earth

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?

  1. Scott

    Well, I’m not flying across the world to go see Sheryl Crow tell us how to wipe with one square of toilet paper to save the Earth. Does that count?

    The global warming debate would be a mere intellectual exercise, except that the GW supporters are urging – nay, FORCING us to radically change our entire society to fight it. Let me say that I do not consider human-caused GW to be proven, which means we would be spending trillions (the estimated cost to continue Kyoto protocol) to achieve nothing.

    I too am a casual environmentalist. I don’t want to give up first world comforts, but neither do I use more than I feel is necessary. Therefore, I feel the ebst way forward is to start building green energy infrastructure such as solar farms and cheap hybrid cars. As green tech becomes cheaper and trendy, consumers will natrually switch to it without being carbon-tax forced.

    The free market is the only long term solution, especially when skeptics and proponents of GW will never back down and accept the other side’s demands. Thus this compromise solution (one which Abdullah Badawi agrees with).

    This is the hypocrisy part – while all of us commoners will be forced to pay through the nose for expensive green electricity and carbon-taxed products, the rich club of politicians, artistes and wind-farm company CEOs will carry on with their excessive lifestyles. And we’ll keep buying their love-the-Earth CDs so that they can live those lives of resource waste.

  2. Vincent

    I agree with you on the point about building green energy infrastructure. Once the alternative energy sources are more widespread and cheaper, the law of economics takes over. People automatically choose the environment friendly energy options.

    Here in Singapore, I’m still surrounded by people who thinks cars are cool, and everyone should have one (The 5Cs are gonna kill us Singaporeans someday…). I personally prefer to take the buses and subway (MRT).

    Improving public transport and the alternative energy sources will do better for our planet. Alas, it is also slower and less interesting than a concert.

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