Live Earth

ate_live_earth_logo.gifToday the world over, people are rallying support to raise awareness for the Climate Crisis. Live Earth as it is known is holding a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on today (7/7/07) that will attempt to bring together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Live Earth is holding the seven events at New York, London, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Shanghai & Hamburg, and people across the globe can tune in to watch the events live on www.LiveEarth.msn.com, where others can tune in and support the cause.

Live%20Earth.jpgThe initiative has also spread to Pakistan and a few local Karachi based Live Earth supporters are planning to hold a house party in this regard. We all know that awareness in Pakistan about the climate is negligible, after all many may argue that we here in Pakistan have a lot more basic issues to worry about let alone chase after a global ghost, granted, but even then its important to raise awareness for the deteriorating earth as without doubt it has a direct impact on our own future

Credit: Lahore Metroblogs

20 Comments so far

  1. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Did someone say PARTY??????? :d WHERE? Are we going to have snow cones? :D


  2. sumaiyya (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 5:20 pm
  3. Erum (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

    A very good post teeth maestro. This is a very imp issue and awareness should be raised in Pakistan as well. It’s about time we start recycling and stop throwing trash in the sea and everywhere else. Otherwise we will get badly affected by the climate in the next 10 years. More info on this this event at:

    http://www.liveearth.org

    I’m watching shakira right now .. live in Germany and in between the songs they play some imp messages about protecting the environment.


  4. INSECTICIDE (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Al gore trying to gain political advantage through this event.

    He hijacked not only the concept of Bob geldof’s LIVE AID but teh name itself i.e LIVE EARTH (geldolf still fuming over this and trying to answer a thousands of emails and letter that he is recieving from all over teh world to know if he is behind this LIVE EARTH shows )

    Its good to tell the world about global warming while you stay away from KYOTO PROTOCOL (treaty signed by the UN member countries to cut down the carbon emmisions), US havent signed the treaty yet, US is one of teh biggest polluters in teh world.

    daily mail reports,

    The total carbon footprint of the event, taking into account the artists’ and spectators’ travel to the concert, and the energy consumption on the day, is likely to be at least 31,500 tonnes of carbon emissions …

    Throw in the television audience and it comes to a staggering 74,500 tonnes. In comparison, the average Briton produces ten tonnes in a year.

    The concert will also generate some 1,025 tonnes of waste at the concert stadiums – much of which will go directly into landfill sites.


  5. Echoes (unregistered) on July 7th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    This event will simply generate more Carbon in the content and accomplish nothing else. Pessimistic? Perhaps. Think Live 8 really accomplished something? Think again. The $50 Billion that was agreed by the G8 leaders for Africa was simply compensated from their annual aid. Oh well, at least we got a Pink Floyd reunion.

    Events like these rarely accomplish something. You might argue they generate awareness, but Climate Change has been talked to death on almost every major TV channel that one must be living under a rock NOT to know about it.

    Just my 2¢.


  6. Salman A. (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    india & china r contributing more pollution than any other country in the world.. another side effect of high tech industrialization..

    no need to slam Al Gore, whatever his motives are, he is at least working on bringing awareness about environment.. other world leadrs should follow him..

    some pics from Earth Live concert:
    http://news.yahoo.com/photos/sm/events/en/062607liveearth/p:1


  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 2:54 am

    I wonder whether City government is aware about the term “Global Warming”.

    @Echoes: very well said.


  8. BoZz (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 3:58 am

    @ INSECTICIDE – Al gore was involved with Earth issues when Bob Geldolf did not know which end was up or down.

    Mr. Gore is doing good work for humanity and it really does not matter if the words Live Earth amoounts to anything.

    Action speaks louder than words.


  9. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 4:36 am

    Your right “Salman A” Al Gore is outhere educating people about “Global warming” eventhough his son got charged with speeding and possesion of drugs yesterday.Have you seen his movie “inconvenient truth” ?
    Great movie on “Global warming”
    I hope he runs, he will be a great president.
    He will sign “kyoto pact” in a heartbeat.

    But thats “Industrial pollution”
    What about the city pollution in karachi? I know people are getting used to of that, but that is not the solution.


  10. INSECTICIDE (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 5:04 am

    @BOZZ

    you wrote,
    Al gore was involved with Earth issues when Bob Geldolf did not know which end was up or down.

    Bob geldof’S organized his FIRST LIVE AID SHOW IN 1985,

    SECOND IN 2005.

    Al gore launched his GLOBE (global learning and observations to benifit the envoirnment )program in 1994.

    You got to correct your info about TIME LINES. btw what year are you living in? your calender must be telling you ITS 1969.

    @ ECHOES
    you wrote
    Events like these rarely accomplish something.

    I wonder how did Imran khan manage to generate money BY ORGANIZING series of concerts to raise money FOR HIS CANCER HOSPITAL.

    There would be no ECHO if there were no SOUND. Oh! i forgot deaf ppl. CANT perceive SOUND WAVES for them both SOUND AND ECHOES are meaningless.


  11. Zeeshan Syed (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 8:31 am

    ADNAN SIDDIQI: The city government can do almost next to nothing when it comes to global warming. It’s the federal government that you should worry about. Pulling CDGK’s leg in every little damn thing is very unhealthy.


  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    zeeshan, when your city govt is so impotent then I find no reason that it should exist here. It’s pretty stupid to drag Fedral govt in middle while they established a system in form of city govt to take care of these basic things.

    Your city govt as well as Sind govt which has more member of Militia Qomi Movement[MQM],failed to control traffic pollution and it’s getting increased day by day. It’s not an easy to stay for a mintue in areas like MA Jinnah road and Empress due to air pollution. Empress market specially looks like a dumping place after heavy rains and it stinks a lot. I feel pitty for traffic officials on those areas because their lives are at risk due to intense pollution.

    So if these two issues will not be handled by govts then who would take care of them? common people like you or me? if yes then I ask you to deal with Bus mafia in Karachi and ask them to dispose off their old vehicles to come on roads. So many trees were cut off and If I remember it was covered on KMB as well. So don’t sing praises for someone without any solid argument and admit the mistakes.

    On other hand, delhi is going green. Only CNG vehicles are allowed in the city thus it’s less polluted city than any other city of sub-continent.

    If kamal spends more money in eliminating pollution than building so called free corridors then it would be better for citizens.


  13. Echoes (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    I can point you to a link where it shows you the NET AID received by the continent was zero.

    The concerts were not about SOUNDS AND ECHOES, as you so elegantly put it, they were about “NO MORE POVERTY”.

    http://www.globalpolicy.org/socecon/bwi-wto/imf/2005/0901invisible.htm

    http://arts.guardian.co.uk/live8/story/0,,1567891,00.html

    http://www.columbia.edu/~sr793/count.pdf

    The above link (From Columbia Uni.) is a research paper describing how not to count the poor. The World Bank has arbitrarily set a threshold for poverty, this distorts the poverty figures and leads to a gross understatement of how much poverty is actually there. But you see, that very threshold allows World Bank to say “the world is on the right track”. How is this related to Live 8? Simple. Concerts like these maybe be held for their benefit, but the powers that be will never allow Africa to actually develop. They exploit it – afterall, how will rich people get even richer? For every cent donated by World Bank, they receive 2 cents back.

    Just recently, Australia admitted of being in Iraq for the oil. This may seem unrelated to the cause, but it also shows you how countries exploit the poor countries for their benefit.

    The World Development Movement called Live 8 “A disaster for the world’s poor”.

    Why is it that news channels never report on Africa’s ‘progress’ after Live 8? Afterall, it was the “greatest concert ever”, wasn’t it? It was BOUND to make a dent, no?

    “In addition, developing nation governments are required to open their economies to compete with each other and with more powerful and established industrialized nations. To attract investment, poor countries enter a spiraling race to the bottom to see who can provide lower standards, reduced wages and cheaper resources. This has increased poverty and inequality for most people. It also forms a backbone to what we today call globalization. As a result, it maintains the historic unequal rules of trade.”

    http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Poverty.asp

    My reply to you might seem unrelated to Live 8, but it isn’t. The question what will concerts accomplish when organizations like World Bank and IMF are hell-bent on choking them?

    Also, btw, I didn’t mean to imply that these type of events are useless. They might accomplish something on a small/moderate scale but to see REAL progress in a world where the world’s wealth is controlled by just 2% is a bit too much.

    Btw, I’m sure you know about the global arms trade and how it also systematically chokes Africa, think about that too.


  14. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    Mr Adnan Siddique!!

    What do you want city government to do ???they tried to control the traffic situation by giving ultimatum to the transporters ! but how did the transporters responded by calling for strike !!!

    The transport sector is under PAC (Pakhtoon Action Commitee) and only respond to their call ! the Government had on numerous times given them deadlines to get rid of old busses!! but DO they listen ?? NO!!!!!!
    Karachi has the best road infrastructure of Pakistan, and also the worst transport system !!!

    The governments ( Sind, And both CDGK(MQM & JI) ) Introduced CNG busses in the cities! but one by one most of the routes were closed down by stay orders of trasporters ! like for eample ! the first Green Buss route to close down was 4-C coincidently the route wass reducing the posing a threat to W-11 route ! so they had it closed down !!

    Same has been the fate of Buss routes from Gulshan-e-Hadeed (Steel Town area) There used to be a Metro buss runing from there with huge profits ! but was closed down, then there came a UTS route which was also closed down by the MEharan and Muslim Coaches people! then a Welfare buss started to run by the local people, it was also closed down within short span, and more recently A UTS service was started with support from the (MQM), which was the most longest in its run and was recenlty closed down !!!

    The PAC people are not willing to improvve the transport system nor are prepared to follow the law !!!

    If you recall ! when PAC called for the strike one of their demand was that Govt take back the announcement of BAN ON 2 Stroke Rikshaws in Karachi !!!!

    Now how do you expect to improve the transport system ?? unless there is a big SHOWDOWN between the PAC and the Govvt !!


  15. zee (unregistered) on July 8th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    Adnan, again I find myself wondering about one simple question. How do you come up with such ideas? I wonder if you think before posting anything at all.

    zeeshan, when your city govt is so impotent then I find no reason that it should exist here. It’s pretty stupid to drag Fedral govt in middle while they established a system in form of city govt to take care of these basic things.

    Federal governments can help contribute to control global warming far more than city governments. It’s the federal government that allocates and supplies funds to provinces. It’s the federal government that comes up with plans and strategies for industrialization, it’s growth and how to handle the echo effects that industries cause. Suppose that today the federal government announces 10 new industrial zones in different areas of Karachi then CDGK can not do much about it of course unless you are dumb enough to think that CDGK can over-rule any federal govt. policies. I can further explain it if you STILL don’t get it and don’t worry, let me know if you want me to tell you more (I won’t be surprized anyway).

    Your city govt as well as Sind govt which has more member of Militia Qomi Movement[MQM],failed to control traffic pollution and it’s getting increased day by day. It’s not an easy to stay for a mintue in areas like MA Jinnah road and Empress due to air pollution.

    You are right. So far, MQM has failed in handling the traffic mafia but so did Jamat-e-NonIslami so did BadAssNazir and the same goes for Ganja Shareef! Why? No thanks to the dead and hopefully eternally doomed for hell dictator Zia-ul-Haq. How come? Becuase he let Karachi become the safe haven for all the mess that is Afghans! Empowering Aghans in Pakistan has to be one of the biggest blunders Pakistan ever made! Because of these Aghans, we saw corrupt Pathans from Balochistan coming here more than ever. Now they control a huge traffic mafia. One that can even kill a cop without being questioned. That’s exactly why I keep screaming my lungs out that the first thing we should do is to kick out these dirt bags and let our own people take those jobs that are being controlled by this corrupt Mafia! But blaming the current CDGK is wrong. The mini-buses that we have today did not spur out a few months ago. They have been there for as long as I can remember. If any one has it what it takes to kick these crap bags out of this city is the current government mostly controlled by MQM thugs. That’s right! Why? becuase you can bet your sorry little butt that no Mulla will ever speak against Afghans. NOOOO Mulla what-so-ever.

    Empress market specially looks like a dumping place after heavy rains and it stinks a lot.

    That has nothing to do with the world climate. Tell me do you even know what is Global warming? No wait, do you know ANYTHING AT ALL?

    I feel pitty for traffic officials on those areas because their lives are at risk due to intense pollution.

    We feel sorry for traffic polics all around Karachi and not just some area. The whole city is getting polluted no thanks to thousands of people coming here to work, earn, pollute and then to go back home with bunch of $$$ in hand to build houses and to get their places cleaned.

    So if these two issues will not be handled by govts then who would take care of them? common people like you or me? if yes then I ask you to deal with Bus mafia in Karachi and ask them to dispose off their old vehicles to come on roads.

    This is a serious issue that you can’t only put on MQM or CDGK. It will take a long time to deal with these issues and yes, I am also waiting to see the light of the day where the mini-busses vanish and there are no more.

    How we can deal with such issues? We can spread awareness and then keep chasing the government’s rear regarding this. Keep writing in newspapers and keep voicing our concerns in a civilized way. I am sure that one day or the other, it WILL become a major issue. The current city government did take some bold steps to get these cars off the roads and I think they deserve some applause. Let us not forget that they haven’t even been around for even 2 years. So lets wait, see and hope that they come around this problem sooner than soon.

    So many trees were cut off and If I remember it was covered on KMB as well. So don’t sing praises for someone without any solid argument and admit the mistakes.

    I guess what you are referring to is the Elevated Expressway. Am I right kido? Yes, loads of small trees were cut to make way for the pillars of the express way. What CDGK is doing that if they are cutting one tree, they are planting 3 trees in different locations. I guess that’s not a bad deal right? What they need to do is to actually keep DOING it and not stop it. We need trees, loads of them!

    On other hand, delhi is going green. Only CNG vehicles are allowed in the city thus it’s less polluted city than any other city of sub-continent.

    New Delhi has always been greener! Compare it with Islamabad and you’ll be shocked to see how green our capital is!! Remember, it is also the capital of India so if they can’t make their capital look good then lanat hai unki shakal par. Also, Delhi is not what you see on T.V. If you do some proper research, you’d see that it has one of the most DIRTIES slums that you won’t even find in Karachi. So dude, again, go and do some research and THEN start comparing. Pff!!

    If kamal spends more money in eliminating pollution than building so called free corridors then it would be better for citizens.

    The fact that you just can’t see how a signal free corridor and help contribute reducing the pollution in a metropolis like Karachi tell me how naive you are!!!

    Imagine thousands of car stuck in a traffic jam, Emanating alllll kinda gasses in our environment, millions worth of petrol and CNG gas for hours. Now imagine thousands of car, NOT stuck and running on the fourth/fifth gear and reaching their destinations hours earlier and that too DAILY and not burning millions of foriegn exchange reserves in daily traffic jams. See the big picture? I doubt you ever will!


  16. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    One person cannot repair the years of damage in one day but he can make a difference little by little(generally speaking).Good evening.I remember the old saying “tali ek hat sey nahin bujti” excuse my Urdu :) There is always an enough criticism to go arround.Learn from the previous mistakes and move on.Expectations and constructive criticism are good but argument for the sake of argument is a waste of time unless you are having fun with it. IMHO


  17. redsnapper (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 6:54 am

    @Echoes: Live 8, Pink Floyd. Live Earth, Police. Not too bad.

    Were the concerts useful ? I believe the thought of why the event took place lingers on in minds. Specially younger people.


  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm


    he fact that you just can’t see how a signal free corridor and help contribute reducing the pollution in a metropolis like Karachi tell me how naive you are!!!

    yaar koi Umar k Liaquat Abad underpass aur KPT underpass k posts is bachay ko send karay. *phew*


  19. zee (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    ADNAN SIDDIQI: See, some people LIVE in the world of denial and you my friend are one of those people. Tell me how often does that happen? How often did you get stuck there before these underpasses were built? KPT UNDERPASS was built by KPT under Naimatullah’s government. A flawed development but useful still! I do critisize that it it had some serious issues but still, it did serve a purpose so the credit goes to both KPT and previous CDGK. How many times do you see underpasses full of water? Huh!? Adnan, you NEVER answer my or any one else’ questions. All you do is to come up with HEAPS of JUNK that is totally useless and utterly disgraceful to yourself. Get a life and try to make it out of that rock that you are living under!


  20. Petarian_88 (unregistered) on July 15th, 2007 @ 1:31 am

    where is this post going??



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