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Live Earth: 40¢ Fee For Greenhouse Gases

From those lovers of Gaia at Reuters:


Live Earth’s first green test: clean up own mess

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent Wed Jul 4

OSLO (Reuters) – Live Earth concerts on Saturday meant to spur action to fight global warming must first tackle another environmental hazard — mountains of trash and thousands of tons of greenhouse gases caused by the events.

“We want to set a new global standard for dealing with waste and recycling,” said John Rego, environmental adviser for the eight concerts meant to rock the world around the clock on a rolling basis from Sydney to New York and organized by an alliance led by former Vice President Al Gore.

Live Earth needs to lead by example and clean up to convince people to change their lifestyles in the long term to confront a “climate crisis” caused by rising emissions of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, Rego told Reuters.

So all electricity to power the concerts will come from renewable sources, such as biodiesel. Greenhouse gases spewed out by stars’ jets or by the audience’s travel will be offset by investments in renewable energy and by safeguarding forests.

Concert props may live on long after stars such as Madonna, Shakira and Bon Jovi have left the stage — old tires and oil drums used in the New York set will be re-used while some concert signs in Johannesburg will be used as roofing.

To cut use of plastics, burger boxes in London will be made of edible starch. Tickets to the concert in Hamburg include a 0.3 euro ($0.409) fee to absorb greenhouse gases

Who knew?

And speaking of carbon offset, doesn’t it remind you of another great tradition?

From Wikipedia:


The term sin-eater refers to a person who, through ritual means, would take on by means of food and drink the sins of a deceased person, thus absolving his or her soul and allowing that person to rest in peace…

This practice was said to have been practiced in parts of England and Scotland, and allegedly survived until modern times in Wales.

Traditionally, it is performed by a beggar and certain villages maintained their own sin-eaters. They would be brought to the dying person’s bedside, where a relative would place a crust of bread on the breast of the dying and pass a bowl of ale to him over the corpse.

After praying or reciting the ritual, he would then drink and remove the bread from the breast and eat it, the act of which would remove the sin from the dying person and take it into himself…

Maybe that is why Mr. Gore has gotten so fat.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 4th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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