Going Green: Indian Museum Provides Live Earth Venue

July 6, 2007

Live Earth: The Concert for a Climate in Crisis has kicked off in Sydney, Australia, in the first of nine worldwide concerts which will reach up to two billion people on the Internet and cable TV in a push to educate the public about global warming and its consequences.

National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC

In the United States, the first concert will be held Saturday on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Former Vice President Al Gore had earlier been given the run-around and a “suitable” venue couldn’t be found in the nation’s capital; however, the Indians came to the rescue. Museum acting director Tim Johnson, of Mohawk ancestry, said: “There is no more important matter before us than the question of how to live sustainably on the Earth.” Gore said: “The cavalry did not ride to the rescue, the American Indians did.” The day’s events in Washington begin with a native dawn song at 5:30 a.m. by the White Oak Singers. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood highlight the 12-hour free concert, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on the National Mall at the NMAI’s welcome plaza.

Other musicians donating their services at the concert’s locations in Sydney, London, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York, Washington DC and Hamburg include Shakira, The Police, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Roger Waters, Spinal Tap, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Smashing Pumpkins, Snoop Dogg, the Beastie Boys, Lenny Kravitz, Sarah Brightman, Spinal Tap, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Crowded House, Keith Urban, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, Duran Duran, the Foo Fighters, Genesis, Metallica, the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge, Akon, Kanye West, Macy Gray and Crowded House. That’s a pretty impressive line-up!

The seven-point Live Earth pledge, which can be signed at MSN, is part of Gore’s ongoing efforts since An Inconvenient Truth to bring global warming to the forefront of the world’s political agenda. Pledge points include:

  • 1. To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;
  • 2. To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral”;
  • 3. To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
  • 4. To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
  • 5. To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
  • 6. To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and
  • 7. To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.

Things are looking good for Gore in 2008, compared to Billary and Barack.

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Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution

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