I'll admit it. I'm suffering a bit of post Live Earth depression. It's a bit like "post holiday depression", which is a well known medical phenomona that I am not making up. According to Mental Health America, "Many factors can cause the 'holiday blues': stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization, financial constraints..." Hmm, yes, that seems about right.
Not to say I didn't enjoy Live Earth. I liked it. I am glad it happened. It helped the cause.
But I guess in the back of my mind I was hoping that I'd come to work today and find the climate saved. Yes, pretty silly. But I think we all tend to have exaggerated expectations about these things.
And since I'm on the subject, I'm going to pause to take a swipe at some of more stupid backlash...
...Like this one titled, "Critics: Live Earth Not So Green". Apparently 'critics' thought the concerts themselves were not green enough. But in the story they did not make any effort to compare the ecological footprint of these concerts to others of similar size.
No one is arguing against massive rock concerts (although I prefer smaller venues myself). If you're going to do them, then might as well get people thinking about something important in the process (and do them as ecologically as possible).
Oh, and the people saying that we don't need any more awareness raising must be living on a commune somewhere. They certainly aren't living in my world, where too often media continue to tell "both sides of the story" as if a tiny number of climate deniers (often paid by the fossil fuel industry) should get roughly equal time with the overwhelming scientific consensus represented by the IPCC. The truth is we still need all the awareness raising we can get.
Note that Greenpeace was not a Live Earth partner. In fact, we criticized some of them. Greenpeace Netherlands even dumped 20 tons of coal at the entrance of a utility here that sponsored Live Earth NL, but only gets five percent of its power from clean energy sources. So I am a fairly neutral observer as far as the events go.
And it seems to me the concerts themselves did an amazing job of raising the profile of climate change. Companies are making promises, governments are making promises. Do I trust them to keep those promises. No, not really. But we can hold them too it. On step at a time.
So, I say thanks to Al Gore. Well done. You and I both know we've got a long way to go.
Anyone wants to help, easy thing is to take our 7 step pledge. You'll get an email every week, for 7 weeks, with tangible things you can do to make a real difference. It starts with changing lightbulbs, but is about much more than that. Step 4, for example, is about getting lightbulb manufactures (including Live Earth sponsor Philips) to stop selling energy wasting lightbulbs.