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Why Live Earth Mattered

by Pamela Leavey

I’ve just finished reading yet another review of Live Earth and the round of flat-eath, wingnuts who have used the review as proof that Live Earth didn’t matter, Live Earth was a success… yada, yada, yada. For something so unremarkable as some wing nuts bloggers have claimed they sure are raising a raucous about it.

Why? Because it mattered. That’s why.

Why? Because Al Gore pulled off something totally and completely remarkable at a time when folks on the other side of the political aisle can’t seem to get anything right.

Show me, one event on such a grand scale that any conservative politician has ever organized to mobilize activists and share a message that effects the entire world. There isn’t one. There has never been one and most likely there never will be one. Why? Because they’d rather mess with the world and the planet for their own greedy corporate whore type means then do something good to benefit the planet and enlighten the masses. That’s why.

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts in the ’60’s and 70’s, where a large patch of blueberry’s was a play hut and a river ran less than a half mile from my parents house. I learned at a young age to have a healthy respect for nature and the Earth and I want the Earth to be around for my grandchildren. Much has changed since I was young living in the country with a care about the future. So much that I spend countless hours here weekly writing about the issues that concern me, including the Environment and Global Warming.

I’m awed by what Al Gore accomplished with Live Earth and you should be too. I’m humbled by the artists and activists that joined together around the globe to part of this event and I’m astounded by the sheer magnitude of numbers of people who tuned in on the Internet[s] to watch it live and still after the fact.

Newsday reports (yes Newsday): “it was nonmusicians at this concert who made the most passionate pleas about demanding action for the environment.”

Get rid of all these rotten politicians that we have in Washington, who are nothing more than corporate toadies,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmentalist author, president of Waterkeeper Alliance and Robert F. Kennedy’s son, who grew hoarse from shouting. “This is treason. And we need to start treating them as traitors.”

Primatologist Jane Goodall offered a greeting in chimpanzee language, before saying, “Up in the North the ice is melting, what will it take to melt the ice in the human heart?”

The video of Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s speaking at Live Earth is available here and there’s clips from various artists around the globe here. Or you can still watch online here, and catch it all. It’s not too late to watch and open your mind to the infinite possibility that together we can all do something to make a difference in this world and because it’s about “everything under the sun.” And, because the Earth is the Mother. With out her, we won’t be here.

The skeptics and the deniers are sadly insane if they don’t get that there’s a problem with the permafrost in Alaska melting

4 Responses to “Why Live Earth Mattered”

  1. http://www.myspace.com/rfk_jr_for_the_usa

    The RFK Jr. 2008 Draft Movement on Myspace


  2. Live Earth mattered. Oh, sure it had bad reviews, bad ratings, and a carbon footprint the size of a herd of T-Rexes, but it mattered. When does Al Gore and all the rock “stars” at Live Earth take Gore’s pledge. Now, that I would find most entertaining.

  3. Live Earth really did matter! Those of us who watched it were inspired, not just entertained.

    Unfortunately, the ratings for it show just how ignorant much of the public is. Supposedly, the movie “Monsters, Inc.” outrated NBCs Live Earth broadcast Saturday night. Making matters worse is the fact that this is not a new movie – I remember watching it years ago.

    However, the audience for Live Earth on the Internet was double that for Live 8 two years ago. That is a great sign, as Internet shows are increasing their audiences and TV ratings have steadily declined in the last year.

    Hopefully, they will eventually come out with this event on DVD, just like they did with Live 8. I’m sure that there were those who would have liked to have seen it, but had prior commitments. A record number of weddings happened on Saturday, due to it being 7-7-07. When one is invited to a wedding or a reception, it’s tough to say no, even for a great event like Live Earth!

  4. fishinabarrel: I notice that you stayed away for Pamela’s quite pointed invitation to disclose any comparable achievement by any conservative, any time, ever.

    The Honorable thing to do would be to tackle the situation head on, to what ever extent you’re able. Logging in solely for the purpose of injecting negativity is clearly the low road.