Bitácora de Live Earth
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WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re less than four hours from the start of the Live Earth concert on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
A great example here in Rio of what Live Earth is doing to make the concerts "green" events is the VIP area. Sofas and chairs are made of recycled card paper, lamps are made of plastic cups, tables are made of recycled cans. A recycling center was installed in the area from the VIP area to the front of the stage, exclusively for the use of VIPs, and there are trained and dedicated teams working on educating people and classifying all the trash generated here.
Hundred of volunteers are located at key points on the main avenue leading to Copacabana Beach to help the audience classify their trash and ensure that it is going to the right places -- organic, plastic, paper and so on.
Live Earth Hamburg update as reported from Live Blog's Hamburg Correspondent:
160 children joined Bianca Jagger on stage in Hamburg to present letters to leaders describing their wishes for the future of the planet. The children, from the non-profit Kids Call, said that they hoped their political leaders would share the letters with the world.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore joined Live Earthers in London and Hamburg live via satellite from a special event on the capitol lawn in Washington D.C., where he asked his globe-spanning audience to join him in signing the Live Earth 7-Point Pledge.
Al Gore quoted an old African proverb: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go togetherÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Well, we need to go far, quickly.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Gore was framed by a view of the Capitol building at the SmithsonianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National Museum of the American Indian and stood before an at-capacity, overflowing crowd who turned out to see Gore despite stifling heat and a last-minute announcement.
Following his remarks, Gore introduced one of AmericaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s favorite country pairs, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who performed the duet Ã¢â‚¬Å“We Shall be Free.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Mr. Gore will immediately depart D.C. to catch a train for the next installment in our series, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mr. Gore Goes to New YorkÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Live Earth London ticketholders at Wembley went bonkers for a surprise virtual visit from the band Nunatak from Antarctica. The band's performance of their self-written song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Would You Do It All AgainÃ¢â‚¬Â was beamed into the stadium from the scientistsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ (and part-time musiciansÃ¢â‚¬â„¢) research station on the frozen continent. The band performed in fingerless gloves, parkas and knit caps from atop a glowing icecap in sub-zero weather with a pale pink Antarctic sky as their backdrop.
Nunatak's performance was followed, quite appropriately, by a set of songs from the beloved British band Snow Patrol.
For more information on the band from the 7th continent, click here.
The heavens may have opened, but that hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stopped the crowds at Live Earth Hamburg from going wild to an amazing set by Shakira, including a "Dia de Enero" special with Gustavo Cerati and the crowd-stopping "Ã¢â‚¬ËœHips Don't Lie".
Snoop Dogg then set the crowd on fire with a 10-minute medleyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Nordbank Arena is rocking!
Live Earth London is opening right now at Wembley Stadium with an incredible moment Ã¢â‚¬â€œ drummer Roger Taylor of Queen, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, along with a team of red-shirted Ã¢â‚¬Å“SOS All-Stars," are performing a thunderous drum solo. The stadium floor is packed and everyone is joining in with clapping, stomping.
The entire stadium is vibrating from the energy.
MSN has already seen millions of streams on liveearth.msn.com since the first Live Earth concert started in Sydney. Anticipation is already building for upcoming concerts as almost 1 million streams of pre-concert environmental footage have been viewed on the venue feeds from MSN. These numbers are of course expected to grow throughout the day as the UK and US concert artists take the stage.
Live Earth Shanghai update as reported from the ground:
Evonne Hsu kicked off the historic Shanghai portion of the monumental Live Earth concerts for a climate in crisis to a capacity house of 3,000 at the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower. One of the most recognizable monuments in China, the Tower receives more than 20,000 tourists a day.
An historic first at the Shanghai Live Earth concert was the enthusiastic brigade of more than 150 young volunteers on hand to help with the Ã¢â‚¬Å“greeningÃ¢â‚¬Â of the site and other activities.
Excitement is intensely high right now for twin brothers who make up the band Soler. They are singing an English language song right now, "Fiona's Cafe".
Crowded House closed out the Australian leg of Live Earth, the first of the eight global concerts to start and finish. Playing to a packed audience of an estimated 50,000 people, Crowded House said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What a great day it was todayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I can feel the loveÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Australian group followed singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, who performed Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bubble Toes,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inaudible MelodiesÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Times Like TheseÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The audience at Aussie Stadium sang along to performances by Johnson and Crowded House Ã¢â‚¬â€œ powerful moments, with 50,000 voices joined in unison. A lengthy round of applause brought Crowded House back to the stage for an encore performance, the last of the eight-plus hour event.
Live Earth Tokyo update as reported from the ground:
Twenty year old Japanese pop star Ayaka moved many at Live Earth Tokyo to tears, telling the captive audience, "We now hear a lot about global warming. This is really everyone's business.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ayaka, who is known for her smash hit Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Believe,Ã¢â‚¬Â continued, "There are many things we can do. I want everybody to take action." Ayaka, the third performer on-stage in Tokyo, followed Al GoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s virtual appearance at Makuhari Messe.
The Tokyo crowd went wild for pop and hip-hop artist Ai Otsuka. Between sets, Ai said her participation in Live Earth had encouraged her Ã¢â‚¬Å“to start with [changing] small things.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ai said she now brings her own bag to stores when shopping, turns off lights when sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not using them, uses water as little as possible and rides her bicycle as frequently as she can. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I sometimes think we should turn off everything around the world for just five minutes,Ã¢â‚¬Â she said.