W&W: Gulf Coast Benefit

Last Thursday, a coast to coast concert to raise money for the Gulf Future Campaign was held across the U.S. and on up into Canada. The event, Gulf Coast Benefit, included indie bands, known musicians, and some unusual celebs such as Ed Begley Jr. uniting in spirit if not in the flesh to bring money and attention to the Gulf problem. Clubs in California, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Quebec participated in the effort. The event was organized via the Internet using social media such as Twitter and especially Facebook.

The results?

Music: http://www.flickr.com/groups/gulfbenefit/pool/page6/


Awareness: http://www.gulfcoastbenefit.com/#donatenow

I suspect that we’ll be seeing a lot more of these events as time goes on because this little oil spill problem is not going away for a quite awhile, even if they do figure out how to put a cap on it.

The Gulf Coast Benefit is a wonderful idea no doubt, but I hesitate labeling this post as “Weird and Wonderful.” The circumstances are too sad. I guess one positive outcome of the mess is that Americans now see what goes into bringing them the energy for their SUVs, sub-zero air conditioning, hair drying, dish washing, all-night lighting, shopping, etc. Moral of the story, if you insist on consuming, you’re going to eat up the planet.

Sue Lange
Sue Lange’s bookshelf at Book View Cafe.



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