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Live Earth : 7 Wonders Worth Protecting


Former presidential candidate Al Gore was the genius behind Live Earth, a televised concert on 7 continents the same day the new 7 Wonders of the World were announced

Global congratulations are definitely in order for former Vice President Al Gore today. Live Earth, Gore's mega, seven-continent concert to raise awareness for and impact global warming, was one Herculean effort. Some measure of positive climate change surely will result from it, with music talent from Madonna, the Police, Kanye West and the Black Eyed Peas to Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Shakira and Kelly Clarkson being among the performing artists helping keep eyes around the world on energy conservation messages.

Naturally, there are nay-sayers, people who too easily dismiss Live Earth as nothing more than a great music event that won't make a difference. Let's just hope the message behind the music echoes with those non-believers. Let them be the first to start unplugging cell phone chargers and buying longer lasting fluorescent light bulbs. Or begin taking their own bags to the grocery store, thereby using a less paper and plastic.

It's these little things we each can easily do that'll make a difference. After all, people around the world have come together to vote in an exciting new list of 7 Wonders of the World. Isn't now a great time to start taking small, personal steps toward protecting our gems of human ingenuity -- and ourselves -- for future generations? (Chichen Itza is the only one I've visited thus far. I hope it and all the others will be around long enough for me to experience. Check out these Chichen Itza photos at FlickR.)

Except for the great Pyramids of Giza, none of the original "wonders" on the old list exist. One can't help but wonder if there'll come a day when Gaia -- our live planet Earth herself -- eventually will become a thing of the past... Will you do your small part to help curb the effects of global warming?


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