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Al’s Home Run

alandcammie.jpgCintra Wilson writes glowingly of Al Gore’s Live Earth concert here for Salon.

Al Gore’s barn-burning second act is an effort to raise consciousness about global warming but it is also an affirmation that there are more of us than there are of them — a demonstration that there is a better Western consciousness at work than the one that has inspired such hair-raising international enmity over the last few years. The strong contention held by Live Earth that thinking about the collective good is simply a better way to do business was at least a nice idea, and at best, a potentially empowering paradigm shift.
The concerts themselves assiduously avoided any mention of political agenda, apart from a general, collective resistance to buying into false, corporate-manufactured ideologies. If there was any glaring omission, it was that there seemed to be an outright kibosh on Republican bashing. The concerts were effortlessly positive, and successfully intent on bringing home a handful of specific messages in an eco-conscious “Seven Point Pledge” (e.g., buy fluorescent light bulbs) … all of which could be distilled into the one simple message: Every little bit really does help. You too can contribute to the sum of a unified, greater effort to pass on a healthy planet to the kids.

Did you see any of it? What did you think? Check out the performances of your favorite artists here.

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posted July 9, 2007 at 8:31 pm

I watched it–and loved it.
I think there should be more stuff like that–not just for global warming but for other causes as well because it united the world in such a big, powerful, WONDERFUL way. Music really is a universal language.
I also loved the song that the Black-eyed Peas did that was emailed to Al Gore. It was so true (and I don’t usually like rap!)
However, I also read in an article on that the thing was basically a flop (examples: not many people in Washington, DC; fewer people attended the London Live Earth concert than the Concert for Diana; there was a lot of trash left around post-concert in Wembly Stadium….) and was also a bit sleazy. Hmmmmmmmm…….
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posted July 9, 2007 at 8:33 pm

Whoops! I meant Black Eyed Peas.

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posted July 9, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Madonna blew me away.

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posted July 10, 2007 at 9:16 am

I thought the concert-and the meaning behind it- was great. I have already changed a few habits to help with energy conservation and I am proud to be doing my part. Madonna also blew me away. She looked so cool playing the guitar, I was shocked. I applaud Al Gore for doing this and empowering each one of us to help our planet.

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