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    Today was Live Earth, a concert to raise awareness about climate change.  There were some amazing shows, some that weren’t quite so good, but all in all interesting.  There is a website and place to pledge to make at least one simple change like switching light bulbs to high effeciency ones.  Check it out at http://www.liveearth.org/

    You can also sign the pledge of Live Earth:
    1.To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;

    2.To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral;”

    3.To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;

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

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

    6.To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,

    7.To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.


    I had completely forgot about it. I was to say blankly…Pissed. My straight Step-mom (I will refer to my step-mom’s as my Lesbian Step-mom, and my Straight Step-mom. Just some quick clairification) told me about Roger Waters preforming, I love Pink Floyd. My Dad told me about The Red Hot Chilli Peppers preforming, and they preformed my favourite of their songs (By the Way). I wished I hadn’t missed out. I wanted to get all the tips from the comercials. I just love helping the planet. My straight step-mom is a Vegan and cares about the planet just as much as I do. After the show she was able to tell me all the other ways we could help out. We stopped buying water bottles and all that stuff…And…1!…2!….3!…END RANT!


    You can watch a lot of the performances now at liveearth.msn.com.  :-)  Roger Waters is totally worth watching!  Also, give the Melissa Etheridge performance a listen.  She really got people listening, even if msn only shows a third of her performance and what she said.  It was powerful to watch at the time. 


    Oh, I want to see the scientists in Antartica also.


    By the way, you can all still sign the live earth pledge at http://www.liveearthpledge.org/.  I urge you to do so.  To deny the climate change going on, and the deny our part in it is irresponsible.  I’m not saying we are necessarily entirely to blame.  I don’t know that, nor does anyone else.  But it is well shown that we have impacted things, and that we are further impacting the environment in negative ways.  We can’t continue to be arrogant humans who use up everything we come in contact with.  This is a simple start.

    Personally I’ve made a bigger effort to turn off lights that aren’t needed.  I turn off my computer monitor at night, try to catch the dishwasher before it hits the drying cycle, etc.  Little changes that all add up.  We also turn on a fan rather than trying to get the AC to work harder (which doesn’t seem to work well anyway lol)  It isn’t hard to find little things you can change in your own home, and that all adds up. 


    The Live Earth Performance NBC Wouldn’t Show – Melissa Etheridge
    Wed, 2007-07-11 22:25 — DavidM

    Watching some of the Live Earth performances on the BRAVO cable channel on Saturday, I was mostly bored. When Melissa Etheridge came on stage, however, I could tell something special was about to happen. She stood in silence and raised her energy. She made eye contact with the audience, and we knew this was serious business. Slowly she raised her guitar, and then began to play. Someone described the performance as being like a lightning bolt. It brought tears to my eyes.

    Watch it, and you’ll see why General Electric NBC didn’t show it on the prime time highlights. Let’s spread this around!

    Imagine That
    (Don’t know the title of the 2nd song, but I’ll call it “I Believe,” or “Be The Change”)
    I Need to Wake Up

    Some of Melissa’s words:

    Imagine that

    What happened to us? The last thing I remember I was in 8th grade…

    People were doing things back then, because it was America, and people were doing things. people were standing up when there was an unjust war…

    And you know what else happened? I remember when I was a kid, I remember when we had a president who was a criminal. Do you remember that? I remember America rose up and said “uh-uh.”

    …What happened to us? Maybe it’s that we don’t have time…I remember when the 70s and 80s came and I felt like it was really important for me to work really hard. To have a job and have a credit card, that was important…So maybe back then when they got rid of that president, maybe when they stopped that unjust war, maybe they weren’t in debt. Maybe they had time. Maybe that’s whats different – is our undying need to CONSUME and CONSUME and create things that people can CONSUME. I don’t know, what happened to us? I want to know. I want to know, ’cause I think that we can do better than that Amerca! I KNOW that we can do better than that. I know! I know that tomorrow morning we’re going to do better than that. I know that Monday morning when we all go back to work, we’re going to be looking for the truth. ‘Cause truth is what sets us free, and truth is what rises to the top. And when justice is being obstructed, Americans rise up and speak the truth – I know that about my country. Yeah, imagine that. Imagine all of us rising up on Monday morning and saying Enough! Enough! I don’t care if my credit cards are maxed out. I am stopping now and saying Enough! I am changing! That’s right, imagine that, baby, imagine that!

    …I have achieved the American dream – the big beautiful American dream is mine. And that’s no easy feat, ’cause I’m different. At least that’s what they say – they say I’m different, but you know what? As of today I’m done. I’m done being different, OK? Alright? Because I think that’s how they have kept us down for so long. I think that that’s what happened – we stopped thinking about ourselves as Americans, and we started to look at all the differences – they’re a different color, or maybe they’re a different age, or maybe they have a different sexual preference…

    …you know what the American dream is – the American dream is freedom! Freedom!!…

    Tomorrow, you pick yourself up, you say “from now on I’m going to tell the truth! …and the truth is I am not different! I am not! I am an American, and you know what? …I am an American, which makes me a citizen of the whole wide world! …we’re going to show how to speak the truth, no matter how inconvenient it is, because there is no difference between us and them…I believe, I believe, I believe in love.



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