by Michael dEstries
Categories: Music.

snipshot_e4j5iq2756p.jpgWith the concerts over, reactions to the Live Earth event are coming in voicing praise, disgust, hope, and cheer. Basically, a thick stew of opinions is boiling over. Here are some of our recent favorites:

On Live Earth London, Neil McCormick wrote,

“‘If you wanna save the planet, jump up and down!’ urged Madonna. Can global warming be stopped by an out-of-breath, middle-aged, super-rich narcissist in a leotard and high heels?”

“Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, woke a lot of people up to the very real and imminent dangers of climate change. But the inconvenient truth of Live Earth is that it was a soulless telethon, with no clarity or drive. ”

From the LA Times, Ann Powers wrote,

” SYSTEM overload. That’s the only way to describe the pageantry of Live Earth. Al Gore and promoter Kevin Wall’s continents-spanning music festival undoubtedly spiked awareness about environmentalist causes, but it paid off more directly as an experiment in cultural interconnection across time zones and in the floating realm of the Internet.”

From the Chicago-Sun Times, Jim Derogatis wrote,

“So, in the end, can pop music really save the world? If I didn’t believe that it could, I couldn’t do this job. Great music can certainly change individuals’ minds, prompting them to act for the betterment of society. But in order for that to happen with the environmental movement, we’re going to need much, much better music than Live Earth gave us.”

From, Heather Adler wrote,

“Still, at the end of the long, long, hard-rocking day, 24-hours of environmentally conscious footage was broadcast to some 2 billion people across the globe. It might not have been perfect, but maybe there will be a few less bottles in the trash and a few more energy efficient bulbs in sockets today.”

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • blah-blitty-blu-blu-blu

    I agree that this was a good awareness-raising event however… my favorite quote of the night was Cameron Diaz’s interview in which she wasted valuable airtime with nonsensical “blah-blitty-blu-blu-blu” (direct quote) phrases and unintelligent banter. I understand actors help attract the attention, but come on, please be a little prepared with the message you are trying to express – not just “be green, so you can be cool too!”

  • Iris

    I enjoyed the music of all those great musicians, my concern were a few things…

    Those recyclable tires they used as a background layout, what will they do with them afterwards?? recycle them again?? and since those musicians use alot of electricity for their music, was that run by solar energy?? I am sure when you get a huge crowd like that, imagine the garbage left behind??

    on a more positive note, at least the message appears its cool to be green, its a start!

  • Sam

    It seems that most have missed the fine print. All the proceeds of these concerts will be going to the Alliance for Climate Protection which will be launching a 3 year campaign to keep the spotlight on this issue. It was not about being a one-day flash-in-the-pan concert series.