Forgive my skepticism, but will Live Earth actually make a difference?
Sure, everybody had a great time at Live 8. People partied. Music got played. Johnny Borrell swore on the radio. Plenty of people swore back at Johnny Borrell. Generally, A Good Time was had by all, and all went away safe in the knowledge A Good Thing had been done and A Difference had been made.
And what A Difference. One year after the event, the general consensus was Not A Lot had been done. And this year, with the exception of the UK, aid to developing countries goes down: the US by a fifth, Italy by a 10th.
Back in the 80s Live Aid made an impact. It put Ethiopia’s famine on the map and generally felt like Bob and Midge were doing it because nobody else would . Live 8 felt like an excuse to have a party and feel good about yourself without having to do very much or, indeed, change very much.
So, Live Earth. It’s not like people don’t know about climate change, global warming and other such environmental issues, so in that respect its hardly revolutionary.
Chances are everybody will have a good time,lots of Important People will talk very seriously indeed about the issue, Bono will appear onTV being smug , some people may even buy an energy-saving light bulb and everybody will feel happy that they’ve done A Good Thing and had a lot of fun.
And the net difference? Apart from a sudden rise in the number of falafel burgers being purchased, not an awful lot, I’d imagine.
Ironic. People like myself who are environmentally-ish friendly think the whole idea’s a big pile of pap.
 Then there’s the cynics view: Chumbawumba’s single ‘Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records.’