Monday, June 04, 2007

Private Jets for Climate Change

I'm not a climate change obsessive, but there is so much Humbug on both sides of this issue out there that we will naturally revisit the topic quite frequently. An inspired, ironic slogan coined by Matt Bellamy of the rock band Muse deserves extensive airing (click the bolded link at the bottom of this extract for the full story).

Live Earth will be a series of concerts, modelled on Live Aid and and Live 8, aimed at raising awareness about the threat from global warming.

As many as 12 concerts across seven continents featuring the likes of Madonna and Genesis and 100 other acts are planned over 24 hours, including one at a research station in Antarctica.

The organisers have so far struggled to find a clear-cut way of conveying their main message. Even rock performers have criticised the concept.

Roger Daltrey, of the Who, said another concert would simply waste fuel; Bob Geldof, who helped to organise Live Aid and Live 8, said people were already aware of the greenhouse effect; while Matt Bellamy, front man of the rock band Muse, labelled it “private jets for climate change.

Update: a chuckleworthy contribution to the comments thread at the above article (it is a comment on an earlier comment - scroll down for context)

"I really admire the action of Al gore and her/his followers" You are mistaken, Al Gore is not a hermaphrodite. She is a beautiful lady.