Unless you’re completely oblivious to what’s happening on Earth, you know there’s a world full of concerts going on. Live Earth. With some things, I like to exercise a modicum of skepticism to make sure I know my feelings on the issue. I was slow to come around to Live Earth. I mean, I love a good concert. I’ve seen DMB in concert multiple times. I respect many of these artists for their tireless contribution to musicality. But, I popped open the Live Earth Global Warming Handbook and here’s Tip #45: Take a Bath Together. How am I supposed to take this book seriously? What is this, some silly excuse to get it on? Well, I kept reading. Tip #45 talked about low-flow toilets and a future world with water shortages. Water heating can take up to 25% of a home’s energy use. I decided I should change my attitude and bought the book. To take the words of one of the greatest musicians (and I mean musicality when I say that), John Mayer:
To the journalists who will lay in wait for the perfectly maligned moment of hypocrisy, you will probably find one if that’s how you want to spend your time. Just use this as a measuring stick; give Live Earth’s initiative at least as much benefit of the doubt as you’ve given to the iPhone, or a new Radiohead album…Sure, if I wanted to be cynical, I could pose the question as to what happens if the biggest concert on Earth takes place only to hear the world respond with a resounding "that’s nice, but have you seen the cat that plays piano on YouTube?" But all I feel going into Saturday afternoon is hope. And lots of it.
Point well taken. I’m watching Live Earth highlights of what looks like Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Ludacris, Jack Johnson, and maybe the Pussycat Dolls? I’m also thinking this event should raise the world’s awareness of the low hanging environmental fruit. Plastic bags, CFLs, Junk Mail, etc. I’ve spent the last 2-3 hours reading through David de Rothschild’s Global Warming Handbook and there’s some good leads here. Here’s some content relevant to the scope of Jetson Green,
++The 10 Easiest Ways to Green Your Home [MSN RE]
++Re-Thinking Energy in Homes [Live Earth Green]
++Green Construction Saves Money and Earth [MSNBC]