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2007-06-25 14:56

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1. South Africa represents Africa in the Live Earth concert series, perhaps because it's one of the few countries in Africa that Americans have heard of.

2. South Africans are also the biggest contributors to Global Warming in Africa - so it's the least we could do to host the show.

3. Al Gore, whose excellent documentary An Inconvenient Truth exposed the plight of the the earth and the extent of global warming, is the big leader behind the concert.

4. Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, CEO of Control Room, and the company producing the concerts globally.

5. Al Gore, or “The former next President of the United States" as he puts it, announced the plans of the concert at a media event in Los Angeles. He is actively involved in anti-global warming campaigns.

6. The SA concert will take place in Johannesburg on 7 July, 2007 and will be staged at The Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. 7. It was originally scheduled to be held at The Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng. The Cradle of Humankind is a UN Heritage Site and contains one of the world’s richest concentrations of fossils, dating back 3.5 million years. Luckily none of these are very valuable to De Beers or any other mining companies. Apparently the venue had to be changed "in order to accommodate critical logistical requirements". Whatever that means.

8. Live Earth South Africa will feature Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Danny K, Joss Stone, The Parlotones, The Soweto Gospel Choir, UB40, Vusi Mahlasela and Zola onstage.

9. Naomi Campbell will host the South African concert - if she isn't arrested again before she arrives.

10. The 24-hour Live Earth concert series will begin in Sydney, Australia.

11. The concerts will continue across seven continents with events in Tokyo, Shanghai, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Istanbul, and Rio de Janeiro, and end up in New York, United States.

12. Live Earth is expected to reach over two billion people.

13. Tickets for the SA leg went on sale Monday, June 11, 2007 at 9 a.m. They are R250 in all. Don't worry, if you've already bought your ticket and it says Cradle of Humankind on it, it will be accepted at the Dome.

14. Live Earth will bring together more than 100 of the world’s top music acts to inspire an audience to trigger a mass movement to combat global warming - or so they say...

15. Sir Bob Geldof thinks Live Earth is a waste of time and a nuisense, particularly because he keeps getting calls asking him about the concert. Apparently people think it has something to do with Live Aid and Live 8. He said, “…why is Gore actually organising [the concerts]? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about [the greenhouse problem] for years. We're all fucking conscious of global warming. Live Earth doesn't have a final goal”. Sour grapes?

16. LA rock group Red Hot Chilli Peppers have agreed to play Live Earth after Gore begged them at the Grammy Awards. "I'd rather show up and be of service for that cause and know that at least we made an effort, than five years from now to be drowning in a sea of retarded climate problems and think to myself you know I probably should've showed up that day back there on July 7th. I'd rather try something than nothing."

17. The performing artists have been criticised for using private jets, as jets are NOT eco friendly, no matter how you spin it.

18. John Legend (who is performing at the U.K. concert) and Sheryl Crow (performing at the U.S. concert) have been criticised for endorsing SUVs for cash, as SUVs are also not too eco-friendly.

19. Niel Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys says “I feel uneasy about the Al Gore thing” and adds, “I’ve always been against the idea of rock stars lecturing people as if they know something the rest of us don’t”.

20. Roger Daltrey of The Who said to the Sun on the 19th of May, "Bollocks to that! The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert. I can't believe it. Let's burn even more fuel. We have problems with global warming, but the questions and the answers are so huge I don't know what a rock concert's ever going to do to help. Everybody… knows about climate change. My answer is to burn all the fucking oil as quick as possible and then the politicians will have to find a solution.” He's not gigging much lately.

21. Still others ask what a rock/pop concert has to do with global warming, and if you consider the two billion people who are going to commute to these concerts… that’s a significant amount of global warming in itself.

22. In the concert's defence, one blogger said: “We know that more people pay attention to Madonna than to scientists or politicians or environmentalists. We know that people who might tune in to hear Kelly Clarkson would be less likely to tune in to hear Al Gore. By getting musicians to perform, we can attract an audience billions strong. That's why there are concerts.”

23. Madonna and Pharrell Williams co-wrote a song called “Hey You” for the Live Earth compilation album in 2007. The song was available to be downloaded as a free MP3 format on MSN. Microsoft pledged $0.25 per download to the Alliance for Climate Protection - for the first million downloads of the track. Downloads all gone now, sorry.

24. You can get Live Earth wallpaper for your computer Here and calculate your carbon footprint here.

(Info sourced from msn, wikipedia and elsewhere online)
South Africa will be part of the 24 hour, 7-continent Live Earth concerts against global warming, or, some say, for Gore. Here's what you need to know - every thing from the basics, to what people are saying, to the controversies and arguments and other er... heat that the event has generated so far.
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