The World on Paper

"[Individuals who break through by inventing a new paradigm are] almost always...either very young or very new to the field whose paradigm they change...These are the [men and women] who, being little committed to prior practice to the traditional rules of normal science, are particularly likely to see that those rules no longer define a playable game and to conceive another set that can replace them." - Thomas S Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolution (1962)

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Live Earth on 7.07.2007

This coming July will be the 'Live Earth' Concerts: 7 concerts across 7 countries in 1 day for the environment (New York, Rio de Janeiro, London, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney) to combat global warming.

Spearheaded by Al Gore, “In order to solve the Climate Crisis, we have to reach billions of people. We are launching SOS and Live Earth to begin a process of communication that will mobilize people all over the world to take action,” Gore said. “The Climate Crisis will only be stopped by an unprecedented and sustained global movement. We hope to jump-start that movement right here, right now, and take it to a new level on July 7, 2007.”

I remember a similar much-publicised event for the environment held in April of 1995 in Washington, D.C. (Earth Day 1995). One of the artists who performed in that concert was Kenny Loggins and his song 'Conviction of the Heart' (once called by Al Gore as the 'unofficial anthem of the environmental movement') still hold true:

What were the promises caught on the tips of our tongues?...
One with the earth, with the sky
One with everything in life
I believe we'll survive
If we only try...
How long must we all wait to change.
This world bound in chains that we live in...
It's been too many years of taking now.
Isn't it time to stop somehow?
Air that's too angry to breathe, water our children can't drink
You've heard it hundreds of times
You say you're aware, believe, and you care, but...
Do you care enough
To talk with Conviction of the Heart?

I can't help thinking if we really seriously take the issue of Mother Earth needing our help (and not just for political gain).


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