Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 8, 2008
How many concerts does it take to save the world? Evidently more than we’ve had thus far.
The most recent one, honoring Nobel Peace laureates Al Gore and the United Nations climate panel, was held last month in Oslo, Norway, drawing performers like Annie Lennox, Melissa Etheridge, Kylie Minogue and Alicia Keys.
The concert, intended to draw attention to what Gore calls the “planetary emergency” of global warming, was hosted by Uma Thurman and Kevin Spacey. “What we are hearing is that everyone needs to get very much involved with climate,” said Thurman, as quoted by the Sacramento Bee. “It’s coming to us. It’s coming to a theater near us, very, very near us.”
Alicia Keys, likening the former vice president to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said the Nobel Peace Prize demonstrates that one dedicated person can have an enormous effect, calling it “an extremely distinguished award for people who truly do serious work to make major change in the world.” Not bad for an prize named after the guy who invented dynamite.
But not every performer was so shiny happy. Saying the “emergency light” of climate change has been “flashing for the past 40 years,” Annie Lennox took a jab at our world leaders who she feels aren’t doing enough. “What kind of place are we in when people are looking to Hollywood or celebrities to save the world?”
Clearly it’s a bad place. But a concert with A-list talent is always good in my book, regardless of the reason.