THE MOVEMENT GOES LIVE! AL GORE KICKS OFF LIVE EARTH SYDNEY
Live Earth Sydney is now underway. The concert at Aussie Stadium started with an aboriginal welcome and song & dance performance followed by a surprise welcome issued via live satellite by Al Gore.
In his welcome address, Gore praised Live Earth Sydney's lineup and thanked all in attendance for "being the first to launch this movement to solve the climate crisis". Gore then read the Live Earth Pledge and urged everyone in attendance -- and everyone watching from home -- to sign ther name to the pledge at LiveEarth.org or by sending a text message of LEAD to 199 66 777.
The Live Earth Pledge reads:
-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;
-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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“carbon neutral;Ã¢â‚¬Â
-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;
-To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
-To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
-To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,
-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.
Gore delivered his welcome address from a studio overlooking the Capitol Building in Washington, DC, where he will be presiding over Live Earth's special broadcast event at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian featuring Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Following Gore's remarks, Australian radio announcer Robbie Buck took the stage and introduced the first band to play Live Earth: the Melbourne-based blues/roots band Blue King Brown.