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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

ICLEI a partner on Live Earth

7 July marked the day of Live Earth, with concerts bringing together some of the world’s top musicians for 9 concerts on all 7 continents, in an effort to inspire meaningful action to address global warming. ICLEI partnered with Live Earth, The Climate Group, Mayors for Peace and Sierra Club USA to help Mayors and local governments plug into this ground-breaking global event. While the list of official “host cities” for the Live Earth concerts was limited, ICLEI supported other cities, towns, counties and villages to become ‘Friends of Live Earth’.  Members were encouraged to host an event in their community and advertise it on the Live Earth website, where  there was a link to ICLEI’s website directing the global audience to the impressive efforts of ICLEI Members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  ICLEI also added international content to the www.coolmayors.org website, profiling Mayors and officials that have taken a leadership role in climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. ICLEI Members that were actively engaged included: Kyoto City (Japan) – For information on the event that the city of Kyoto hosted, please go to www.liveearth-japan.jp   Los Angeles (U.S.A.) – Los Angeles declared the whole week as Live Earth Week, hosting a series of events including a short film festival on the theme of climate change.  To launch the event several sites around the city were bathed in green light, and July 7th was proclaimed by Mayor Villaraigosa as Live Earth Day in Los Angeles. Montréal (Canada) - Montréal hosted a ‘Friends of Live Earth’ concert on 7 July, featuring local French-language artists.  Called ‘Montreal sur Terre’, the concert was environmentally friendly, using biodegradable plates and cups at concession stands, and energy efficient lighting. Santa Monica (U.S.A.) A concert was held on 7 July. Toronto (Canada) - A Green Toronto Streetfest was held on 7 July, featuring a live viewing party of the concerts on a giant LED screen, and exhibits showcasing a variety of green products and services that residents of Toronto can use in their everyday lives that are ecologically friendly.  To accommodate the event, a main street was closed to traffic, and a free bike repair clinic was offered.