I am still really jazzed about the Live Earth concerts. I rarely watch five hours of TV in a week's time, but I spent that much time in one stretch in front of my set on Saturday night, thrilling to the music and the calls to action to address the climate crisis. Yes, it's true as Roger Daltrey of The Who chided, that these concerts took a lot of energy to produce. But if everyone who attended or watched was inspired to do just one (or one more) small thing to cut long-term energy consumption, the collective results will save manyfold more fossil fuels than the events used and perhaps even usher in a new creative way of thinking that we can live more and better with less.
From reinvigorated 70s/80s greats like The Police, Genesis, Roger Waters, and Duran Duran to current chart-toppers including Snow Patrol, Kanye West, John Mayer, and K.T. Tunstall, the Live Earth line-ups were like manna to music fans, especially in concert-starved places like Boise. And because Live Earth shows were happening simultaneously all over the globe, the TV coverage provided only a taste of what happened worldwide. If you missed it Saturday, or you want to see more or watch your favorites again, pretty much everything is archived on video here ... including footage of Nunatak, the house band for the British Antarctic Survey. Al Gore and other Live Earth organizers said there'd be a concert on every continent - and they meant it.
Don't forget: Print on both sides of the paper, unplug your phone charger when you're not using it, and above all - as Chris Rock said - "drive a smaller-ass car." What were your favorite moments from Live Earth? What more will you do to save energy?