September 15, 2009

And Now, Idiots

"We Are The World" strikes again:

GENEVA British rock group Duran Duran and heavy metal band Scorpions are among 55 world celebrities who have joined in recording a song to draw attention to the global warming crisis, organisers said on Monday.

The song is part of a mass media campaign on the threats of climate change organised by the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum, headed by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The song entitled "Beds'r Burning", which was originally recorded by the Australian group Midnight Oil in the 1980s, can be downloaded from the Internet for free and will be presented to the public at a launch in Paris on October 1.

"If we do not stop the (greenhouse gas) emissions today, global warming will be still be with us in 40 to 50 years," warned Walter Fust, director of the Forum, at a press conference in Geneva.

The media campaign featuring the song is aimed at putting pressure on world leaders to reach an agreement on tackling climate change at a UN-sponsored conference in Copenhagen in December.

Some of the other popular artists who add their voices to the anti-global warming song include French 'Piaf' actress Marion Cotillard, Senegalese star Youssou N'dour, Irish singer/composer Bob Geldorf, Chinese singer Khalil Fong, and even a Nobel peace laureate, South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.

I don't think I'm inching very far out on to the limb here when I suggest that celebrity rockers, together with the sort of people who attend international forums and UN-sponsored conferences, generate carbon footprints a whoooooooole lot bigger than those of the ordinary folks they're hectoring with their publicity stunts.

When Duran Duran goes to all-acoustic performances in daylight in non-HVAC-controlled concert sites, then maybe they can come and talk to me about what kind of lightbulbs I'm using.

Until then, they can jolly well bugger off.

Posted by Robert at September 15, 2009 11:53 AM | TrackBack

I shall do my part by completely ignoring this nonsense. I won't even fire up the computer to try and get a free download of the song. That's sure to make at least one polar bear happy. And if further action is needed, I'll provide 55 polar bears with tasty snacks, that'll have the added benefit of cutting out 55 huge carbon footprints.

Posted by: rbj at September 15, 2009 01:22 PM

I'm so sure! Like all that hairspray those mopes used back in the 80's had NO effect on the environment. Aerosol cans in landfills!

Posted by: GroovyVic at September 16, 2009 07:49 AM

I would LOVE to see someone calculate the annual carbon footprint of the average eco-wuss, taking into account travel and concert power use, as well as the gas used by all of the concert-goers. I would guess it would be embarrassingly large, but then again, those types generally have no shame.

Posted by: the gripping hand at September 16, 2009 08:44 AM

If there was only a way to harness the energy of preening, smug, celebrities.

Posted by: stillers at September 18, 2009 05:34 AM