UAE longs to rock the Live Earth way

DUBAI — The Live Earth concert may have rocked the seven continents yesterday, but many in the UAE wished it could have happened here as well. A lot of people, however, expressed disappointment over the scrapping of the planned concert in Istanbul due to lack of sponsors. Gail Saunders from Go Green Dubai, an environmental organisation and one of the official friends of Live Earth, told Khaleej Times: “Global warming has a lot of relevance in the Middle East. Plenty of recycling happens in this part of the world and we also use the most waste per person.

By Preeti Kannan

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Published: Sun 8 Jul 2007, 8:28 AM

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“It is very important to do something similar here so that more awareness can be created among the different stakeholders in the society. We would love to have a concert of this magnitude in Dubai.”

She added that it was extremely disappointing when the Istanbul concert was cancelled two weeks ago. “It was supposed to be one of the biggest concerts with several leading Arabic musicians playing,” Saunders said.

The 24-hour event, which kicked off on 7-7-7, is part of a campaign ‘Save Our Selves — The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis.’

The concerts took place across the world, including China, South Africa, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, Brazil and the United States. It is believed to have reached more than two billion people.

“In order to solve the climate crisis, we have to reach billions of people,” former US vice-presdent Al Gore had earlier said in a statement.

Lauding the concerts, Gerry Sherard, a representative of the Eco Plastic Industry, a company which recycles plastic into eco-friendly wood, noted: “Irrespective of the nationality of the country all of us are from, we are bearing the brunt of global warming.

“People do look up to Dubai and the UAE and view them as examples of development. It would benefit many to have a concert of this magnitude being held here too.”

Interestingly, Al Nasr Leisureland and Festival City had organised the broadcasting of the concert from 12 noon to 11 pm yesterday.

Coincidentally, Dubai-based K.K Sarachandra Bose, a legal luminary, had also organised a Global Happiness Day, an occasion dedicated to the betterment of the planet.

“We express our solidarity with Live Earth and think it’s a very effective campaign. Since it is a new concept, we are sure it would be replicated in UAE too,” he observed.

A total of 150 artistes performed in nine cities, including Tokyo, Sydney, London, Johannesburg, Hamburg, Shanghai, Washington, New Jersey and Rio de Janeiro.

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