06 July 2007

the carbon cost of Live Earth concerts

Reported by Agence France Presse in the Sydney Morning Herald

British rock group Arctic Monkeys have become the latest music industry stars to question whether the performers taking part in Live Earth on Saturday are suitable climate change activists.

"It's a bit patronising for us 21 year olds to try to start to change the world," said Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, explaining why the group is not on the bill at any of Al Gore's charity concerts.

"Especially when we're using enough power for 10 houses just for (stage) lighting. It'd be a bit hypocritical," he said in an interview before a concert in Paris.

Bass player Nick O'Malley chimes in: "And we're always jetting off on aeroplanes!"

Arctic Monkeys... "using enough power for 10 houses".
Arctic Monkeys... "using enough power for 10 houses".

And those people attending the concert, are they there just for the bands, or will they get the message?

The Arctic Monkeys are pretty cool (see my links on the left hand side). Their second album is great.

Tomorrow is Saturday. Woohoo!

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