Man for something that seems to be trying to spread a positive message Live Earth sure has received more than its share of bashes. Fred Wilson boycotted it, Tim Marman bashed it, Bob Lefsetz went on a rant about it (amongst other various complaints), the Arctic Monkeys called it hypocrisy and about a dozen or more comments or posts I have read have been way less than positive.
What confuses me is how all of them seem to miss the point that it may have actually raised awareness of some of the issues and simple ways to reduce overall energy consumption. Throughout the concert and on the website there were constant plugs for how to do better on a small scale. Sure a lot of that was mixed with a commercial message but at least the commercial message was for more environmentally friendly products. With the dozens of other summer music festivals I have been to there has never been a positive social message as the theme. Sure there was the typical consumption involved in a concert and of course the performers consumed massive amounts of energy to put on their show but, I say so what, they would have done it anyway right? At least this started conversations and continues to keep global warming in the collective conscience. All the previous big concerts like this have been strictly about entertainment with little to no theme or message.
Contrast that with Live Earth and the potential benefits of even a tiny percent of the Earths population gaining some knowledge of the little things that they can do in their every day lives to reduce their impact on the environment and I have to say it was worth it.
Oh and for all of you who say there was no one worth going to see, you sure missed a great show 😉
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PS We took public transportation there and back along with thousands of others.