Today is – as you may have noticed – the day of the 22-hour rock extravaganza “Live Earth“. It’s hard not to note the irony that we have rock (?) stars and their entourages travelling all over the world adding to the already formidable CO2 emission rates of air traffic. (Just to make my point: Here’s the Columbian singer Shakira performing for an audience of umbrellas in Hamburg).
Does anybody remember Phil Collins’s double bill at Live Aid back in 1985 when he played a set in London only to rush to the Concorde in order to play a second set in Philadelphia? Collins has probably been advised not to repeat the stunt (yes, I do know the Concordes have been withdrawn)
But the real question is: What is the best way to do something for the environment – by a) watching rock galas, b) restricting your amount of air travel (we’re not just talking holidays here) or c) restricting your consumption of bottled water? (Hat tip: Eszter Hargittai)