Friday, July 6, 2007

7/7/07 and Live Earth DC

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7/7/07 and Live Earth DC
Hi folks -- so, tomorrow being the seventh day of the seventh month of the year 2007, the calendar date is 7/7/07 (or if you use European date formats, 7/7/07), which is apparently a big deal

In other news, it turns out that DC isn't being left out of the Live Earth concert lineup, after all. Since I don't watch the CBS Early Show, I caught this item on the BBC News site -- the Washington Post has more details: Live Earth DC is going to be a relatively small event at the National Museum of the American Indian (with big screens set up 4th St Sw  Independence Ave Sw</B />
Washington, DC 20024, US </SPAN />across the street
) -- Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be headlining, and Al Gore will be speaking.

Hey, it's free.

(The Smithsonian's Folklife Festival is still happening on the Mall, and Congress had put the kibosh on using the Capitol grounds, which is why they couldn't do a bigger space.)

MSN will be doing the Live Earth Webcasting (hopefully, they'll take a cue from AOL's Webcasting of Live 8 back in 2005 and stay out of the way of the performances -- you can still see some of the Live8 concert vids on AOL Music). for some people.
Thanks -- Joe
Mother Earth Featuring special appearance by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore

Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series taking place on July 7, 2007, bringing together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

Live Earth will reach this worldwide audience through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms—TV, radio, Internet, and wireless channels.

Why the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
is taking part in Live Earth

For more than half a century, American Indian elders have called attention to humankind’s impacts upon our Mother Earth. Elders of many cultures subscribe to the concept that we must take into consideration the effects of our actions today on future generations. Climate change presents an important challenge to the global community to incorporate into its practices and policies the wisdom and knowledge of the interrelatedness of elements and life on Earth that are inherent in many American Indian cultures, as well as the prevailing evidence offered by science. It is time to regain that integrated understanding of the world that for millennia has characterized many Native traditions.

Preserving the health of Mother Earth is the gravest responsibility of our generation. Taking up this challenge begins with a call to consciousness.

As an institution of living cultures, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is committed to elevating human understanding about global climate change, through education, cultural performances, and civic engagement programs. Addressing the question of how to live sustainably on the Earth is about science, culture, and worldview. Because of that interrelationship, and because there is no more important matter before humankind today, we are honored to bring to the museum musical and cultural talent, and speakers from the scientific and American Indian cultural communities, in the spirit of the Live Earth message.

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