Friday, February 16, 2007

Al Gore's climate change mega-concert

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Former US vice-president and the producers of Live 8 plan to rock the world with top artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mana in a massive 24-hour global concert to save the planet from global warming.

Scheduled to take place at key capitals around the globe on July 7, Live Earth is expected to pull an audience of two billion people across multiple media -- live, online, by broadcast and on wireless devices -- Gore and the promoters said Thursday in a press conference.

Under the banner "Save Our Selves" -- SOS -- the mega-concert will be held "on 7/7/07 across all seven continents" aiming to trigger an international movement to combat global warming. "In order to solve the climate crisis, we have to reach billions of people," said Gore, an environmental activist and former presidential candidate.

"We are launching SOS and Live Earth to begin a process of communication that will mobilize people all over the world to take action," he said. Gore has undertaken a one-man crusade warning of the dire threat posed by global warming and his documentary on the subject, "An Inconvenient Truth," is nominated for an Oscar at this year's Live shows are planned for Shanghai, Sydney, Johannesburg, and London, and yet-undecided sites in Brazil, Japan, the United States, and possibly other countries.

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