Thursday, July 05, 2007

Jamming for the Islands and the Earth

'Jamming for the Islands', a Friends of Live Earth event is to be held at Alimas Carnival area on 7 July 2007. The music show will begin at 4.00 pm and continue till 12.00 am. There will be a break between 6.00 pm and 8.00 am.

Friends of Live Earth events help people in different countries to be part of a global movement to combat the climate crisis by supporting the Live Earth music festival.

Live Earth is a monumental music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people on July 7, 2007 to combat the climate crisis. Live Earth will stage concerts in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, and will feature more than 150 of the world’s best music acts – a mix of both legendary music acts like The Police, Genesis, Bon Jovi and Madonna with the latest headliners like Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas and Jack Johnson.

Live Earth’s 24 hours of music across 7 continents will deliver a worldwide call to action and the solutions necessary to answer that call. Live Earth marks the beginning of a multi-year campaign to drive individuals, corporations and governments to take action to solve the climate crisis. Live Earth is partnering with the Alliance for Climate Protection, The Climate Group, Stop Climate Chaos and other international organizations in this ongoing effort. Live Earth was founded by Kevin Wall, CEO of Control Room, the company producing the concerts globally. Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore is the Chair of the Alliance for Climate Protection and a Partner of Live Earth.

According to the website of Jamming for the Islands the bands that will perform in the local event include Amazon Jade, Traphic Jamm, 1984 and Zero Degree Atoll.

None of the political parties in the Maldives seems to be concerned much about the deteriorating environmental conditions in the country. Islands are being reclaimed and harbours are being dredged without proper Environmental Impact Assessments. The greed of the corporate sector takes dominance over environment as resorts expand their land to build more rooms, altering the natural island dynamics. Poor islanders are left with no choice but mine sand from beaches for construction because river sand and aggregate are too expensive for them. The lack of a good transportation network pushes up the price of any material taken to the islands. Our islands are faced with threat of tidal waves and flooding. To what extent do our parliamentarians raise these issues in the parliament? Shouldn't the government reduce import duties from river sand? Shouldn't the government set up warehouse facilities in islands for river sand? Or should the government just turn a blind eye to sand mining from beaches and blame all beach erosion on global warming and sea level rise? Why did the fine imposed for destroying Vilivaru island reduced so drastically? Who does what at the environment ministry?

Why is it more important for MDP to visit islands and tell the people that the presidential system is just another name for dictatorship rather than inquiring about the pressing environmental issues the islanders face? To what extent has the MDP Parliamentary Group worked on proposing new environmental Bills to parliament?

It is not just enough to jam for the islands and think that the music show will solve everything.

1 comment:

moonshadow said...

I totally agree with you about the show.. it needs more than a live show to bring a solution to this.
Your article is great and really interesting.. every one is soo caught up in their own interest no one gives any attention to the real problems on hand.
But still the show was an eye opener..hope ppl realize and do their bit to save the environment.