Monday, July 09, 2007

Live what?

So, the big Live Earth concert was this weekend. Big deal. I watched a little part of it, but I just couldn't get interested in it enough to stick around through the whole thing. Maybe because Al Gore had a part in it and he's not one of my favorite fellas. Maybe it's because I'm not all that interested in being "green". I don't mean to sound like an idiot here, but I don't think seeing celebrities encouraging people to recycle, car pool, etc. is going to change the world. I have a very hard time taking the word of a millionaire, in some cases multi-millionaires. Like any of these people are going to car pool. I mean really, do you think Jon Bon Jovi will pick up old Al, and P Diddy, or Madonna, and Alicia Keys, or Melissa Etheridge and car pool in his limo to some event? Nope, don't think so! Nor do I believe that these people have energy efficient vehicles, homes maybe, but what about their private planes? It just seems hypocritical to me.

I remember a little concert to stop hunger. It was called Live Aid. I remember being engergized to do something to end hunger. I remember the desire to end hunger resounding through entire nations. I remember seeing on television the starving people being given sacks of food. Maybe it's the imminent threat of death from hunger that spurred people into action. I don't see an imminent threat of death in this case of gloabal warming. Yes, I know that over time the ice caps are melting and chemicals are escaping into the atmosphere changing our weather cycles, and yes I would like to do something about it. But I am selfish and spoiled, so I will continue to drive my BMW (Big Momma Wagon) Pathfinder SUV that gets abysmal gas mileage because I love it. Maybe when all the additions and renovations are done on my house, I can get myself together and have a recycling bin. I would like to leave the earth a better place for my children and their children.


Art said...

I have the same feelings. Cheryl Crow telling us to use two squares of toilet paper, Jessica Somebody whining about the lack of carpooling, Algore and his opulent digs... Not to mention the amount of energy that was expended (wasted) on this Live Earth deal. I am all for raising awareness about the environment and global warming. I think these are serious problems but I just did not get a good 'feel' from this thing. It seemed contrived and, like you said, hypocritical.

I hope it does some good but I wonder...

Vicki said...

You're right, of course! I don't see the "haves" making the sacrifices necessary to improve things for our children and their children. I know that as much as I try, I'm still not doing everything necessary to lessen my footprint on this earth. I do recycle (I am so picky about this that it drives Doc crazy - we're fortunate that we have a halfway decent recycling program in our area), but I still drive my gas-guzzling SUV (mainly because I can't afford a more environmentally-friendly car, but also because I want a car that provides me with a little extra safety).

Like you and Art stated, an awful lot of money is spent on these so-called awareness programs...all I see is wastefulness.

Great post, Stacie!

Carolanne said...

And after the event, heaps and tons of disposable plastic cups had been left lying around.... go figure.

Shionge said...

So true Stace...and we did not stay up just to watch it although we are truly aware about global warming this concert did not go down well at all.

MONA said...

you are right Stace! None of them will ever go for a carpool!

they never parctice what they preach!
Or do they preach at all? It is business they get PAID for those concerts!