i know the following will be hard for most of you to believe, but there was a whole other musical thing happening on saturday july 7th besides the prince concerts in minneapolis <egad’s!  shocking.  say it ain’t true>.  yup, it’s true.

live earth happened all over the world.  as i was busy standing in long sweaty lines and getting my funk on (literally and figuratively) hundreds of bands, singers and artists took part in concerts on every single continent over the course of 24 hours.  thankfully, with modern cable televisions, one can dvr 16 hours of footage, then fast forward to find the interesting bits. 

all week long i’m going to share some of those interesting bits….  but we will start with al gore.  the man who sparked an eco-revolution (and sadly, the man who is not president).  here is his 7 point pledge.  a pledge that i strongly suggest everyone reading this give some serious thought and consideration to. (the first one there, that’s specifically for my american friends)… 

  1. i pledge to demand that my country join an international treaty within the next two years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and more than half world wide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth.

  2. i pledge to take personal action to help solve the climate crises by reducing my own co2 pollution and off setting the rest to become carbon neutral.

  3. i pledge to fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generated facility that burns coal without safely trapping and storing the co2

  4. i pledge to work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship and means of transportation

  5. i pledge to fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources that reduce the dependence on oil and coal.

  6. i pledge to plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting our forests.

  7. i pledge to buy from businesses and support leaders that share my commitment to solve the climate crisis and building the sustainable, just and prosperous world for the 21st century.

that’s not so hard to do is it?  thought not.  while not hard to do, some of you might be wondering how to do some of those (and more) things…

here’s a couple places to start to live life more ecologically minded. 

aveda; what you can do

live earth resources

how to live a greener life newsweek article

support eco-minded companies

all week long i’m going to highlight some of the really cool performances that live earth showed… we’ll start with the song that started it all – melissa etheridge and i need to wake up (this is the power of music people…. i got chills watching this performance):