The total carbon footprint of the event, taking into account the artists’ and spectators’ travel to the concert, and the energy consumption on the day, is likely to be at least 31,500 tonnes of carbon emissions, according to John Buckley of Carbonfootprint.com, who specialises in such calculations.
Throw in the television audience and it comes to a staggering 74,500 tonnes. In comparison, the average Briton produces ten tonnes in a year.
The concert will also generate some 1,025 tonnes of waste at the concert stadiums – much of which will go directly into landfill sites.
I had some fun at Al Gore’s expense in my Brainwash column yesterday. (There’s also analysis of Q2 fundraising in both parties’ primary campaign.)
(Headline idea swiped from the inimitable Jim Treacher.)
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