After opening the Live Earth concert series in Sydney via live satellite feed, Al Gore launched Live Earth Tokyo this morning in a high-tech, virtual way – as a hologram.
After a stirring introduction by Lumi, the virtual-reality singer of Genki Rockets, Gore materialized on stage and shared urgent yet hopeful words to the crowd gathered at Makuhari Messe. The holographic Gore had the expression of amazement on his face as he delivered the following words:
What an amazing world we live in – I love it that I can stand here on this stage in Tokyo and speak to you in holographic form. It is astounding that in just these recent few decades we have invented technologies that enable us to connect and instantly communicate our ideas and intentions with people on the other side of the globe.
Because of the communication channels and technologies now available to us, this venue is, at this moment, connected to the entire world. You are all communicating to well over 2 billion people right now – including all the Live Earth audiences in Sydney, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Hamburg, London, Rio de Janeiro and New York and the broadcast audience who will be watching on television and the Internet in over 100 countries.
The human race is also connected by the climate crisis. It is a global problem that transcends boundaries, languages and cultures. The climate crisis will impact everyone, everywhere on Earth.
Live Earth Sydney is now underway. The concert at Aussie Stadium started with an aboriginal welcome and dance performance followed by a surprise welcome issued via live satellite by Al Gore.
In his welcome address, Gore praised Live Earth Sydney’s lineup and thanked all in attendance for “being the first to launch this movement to solve the climate crisis”. Gore then read the Live Earth Pledge and urged everyone in attendance — and everyone watching from home — to sign ther name to the pledge at LiveEarth.org or by sending a text message of LEAD to 199 66 777.
The Live Earth Pledge reads:
-To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;
-To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral;”
-To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;
-To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;
-To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;
-To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,
-To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.