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Live Earth – Rock Rolls In World-wide Eco-consciousness

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC”

Are you alive?!” yells James Hetfield, lead vocals and guitarist of Heavy Metal band, Metallica, during the Live Earth show at Wembly Staduim in London, England. Of all the sincere, moving and musical statements made by the many performers worldwide yesterday, this one hit me hardest. Metallica – the world’s definitive “Crash” Metal legend heeding the call to Global Warming and challenging their audience to wake up – ? Our time has come.

I had my doubts, but the Live Earth Concert pulled it off – it brought together millions of people to confront, accept, take action and even celebrate an issue threatening every part of the globe – every person, animal, community and ecosystem. And it worked. The broadcast included well-designed and presented conservation tips large to small – from eco-conscious spending, to using less paper napkins to ditching bottled water (they probably even lost some advertisers with that last one).

The brief interviews with performers appeared unstaged and authentic. Dave Matthews was humbly and candidly honest. When commended by his interviewer for switching his touring bus to bio-diesel fuel, he looked down, shook his head slightly and said, “We’re a touring band, we’re still polluters.” The message was clear. We can all make a difference by changing our individual lifestyles, but we have to do more than that – we need to pursue big changes and we need to do it now. Overall, Live Earth makes it all seem possible.

An exclusive download of Metallica’s Live Earth performance is going to be available for a minimal fee immediately after the event finishes. All money raised will benefit four climate charities hand-selected by the band: Sierra Club, The Apollo Alliance, WWF and Rainforest Action Network.

Lars Ulrich of Metallica… “I love my sons. I want them to “inherit the Earth” FOR REAL! We keep waiting for future generations to solve the problems; to invent cleaner technology; to pay the costs…that’s the same as passing the buck. I want the buck to stop here, now. I want lawmakers and laws to impose change. Nothing else will keep this world safe for my sons.”
You can still download the show on and be sure to go to , sign the 7-step pledge and pass it on to friends. For more on

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One Response to “Live Earth – Rock Rolls In World-wide Eco-consciousness”

  1. Fred Says:

    Check this US Carbon Footprint Map out, has United States Interactive Carbon Footprint Map, illustrating Greenest States. This site has all sorts of stats on individual State energy consumptions, demographics and State energy offices.

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