13 insightful thoughts

  1. Hmm, I don’t see how a concert could help here. First: we do not have a “crisis” at all. A lot of regions will benefit from higher temperatures and second: only good environmental policy could change something. I really hate it how “saving the world” has become in vogue only for the peace of the own conscience. Just stupid, IMO.

  2. “Hmm, I don’t see how a concert could help here. First: we do not have a “crisis” at all. A lot of regions will benefit from higher temperatures and second: only good environmental policy could change something. I really hate it how “saving the world” has become in vogue only for the peace of the own conscience. Just stupid, IMO.”

    Which places would benefit from higher temps? What about the places that will not benefit from higher temps?

    The concert is to “raise awareness” – not sure GW needs anymore awareness raised except to those that think that the majority of global scientists are wrong or are part of a global conspiracy, I guess. But in fairness most of those who think that are those that believe man and Dinosaurs lived in harmony all those millions of years ago.

  3. On top of raising awareness, these events give everyone a good load of information on how they can play their part. Between every two or so songs, there’s a video clip showing some sort of action people can take such as using CFLs or riding the bike.

    I find it a good way to get people to learn about these otherwise uninteresting things in a ‘cool’ way.

  4. @Marco: Actually, it’s using Flash. It’s suppose to be using the MSN Soapbox technology.

    I’ve got to admit, the quality for a live video stream is quite amazing. I’ve been watching nearly all the feeds in full screen for almost 12 hours now and it’s very acceptable without lag.

  5. thanks long

    yes, the quality is awesome. must be a great achievement when i think how many people are using this stream all around the world.

  6. @Long: I see, but this are things that kids should learn in school and here in my country kids learn this since decades.

    @Thiassi: North Europe will mostly benefit and Russia because they can use more land for agriculture and can use shorter sea routes to asia. My point here is: it isn’t a crisis, it’s a change. But there are also other problems, bigger problems and these aren’t a possible increased temperature of 2 degrees in 100 years. If only North America would have a CO2 emission per head like Italy, we wouldn’t have a climate change. But Al Gore wouldn’t tell you this, because it’s in vogue to tell everyone that we soon will live in hell.

  7. Watched the one in London, they turned the lights out there as well. not a great line-up, but at least we got the Foo fighters! Heard one of the organisers asked about the energy wasted staging the event, he said something along the lines of the energy used to stage the event being outstripped by the amount of awareness raised, and thus the amount of energy saved.

    In my opinion, the biggest problem is America, whihc stil has the highest amount of energy used per head than any other country. China still has the large majority of it’s population living on less than US$2 a day. And since they have the largest population of any country, surely logic says that they would produce the most CO2? Although if their economic growth continues at the rate it has done, soon enough they’ll have to do something about it (which they say they will when they have a stable economy). Either way, Although governments can change things in a big way, it’s up to the general public to take teh first step while the leaders attempt to get anything through the endless red tape any big change has to go through these days.

  8. @pwaa: Yeah, there was a whole debate about the energy used at these events. It’s true these concerts are big energy-users, but then again we don’t hold these concerts everyday, however we do use energy in the home everyday.

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