jueves, 23 de marzo de 2017

Miles de ciudades de todo el mundo se apagan con WWF en el décimo aniversario de la #HoraDelPlaneta

La Hora del Planeta oscurecerá el mundo el próximo sábado, 25 de marzo, entre las 8:30 y 9:30 PM, hora local.

A dos días de la celebración de la Hora del Planeta, ya se han superado las previsiones de WWF. A día de hoy, esta décima edición ya cuenta con la participación de más de 150 países y de casi 7.000 ciudades en todo el mundo. En España, 326 ciudades y casi 150 empresas ya están inscritas en esta edición tan especial de la mayor campaña de movilización sobre medio ambiente. En España, la Hora del Planeta 2017 unirá a todo el país para exigir al Gobierno que cumpla sus compromisos de lucha contra el cambio climático aprobados en el Acuerdo del Clima de París.

Desde la Torre Eiffel, en París, el Empire State Building de Nueva York, el Taipei 101, en Taiwán, y la ópera de Sidney, hasta el Palacio Real de Madrid,  o la Sagrada Familia de Barcelona, miles de edificios emblemáticos se oscurecerán durante 60 minutos a medida que los individuos, comunidades y organizaciones de todo el mundo den a conocer su potencial para frenar el cambio climático.

2017 marca el décimo aniversario de la Hora del Planeta, que comenzó como un evento simbólico en Sydney en 2007 y que este año ya cuenta, hasta el momento, con más de 150 países. Con el lema "El Planeta primero. Que nadie te pare", este apagón ya es el movimiento más grande del mundo que pretende proteger el medio ambiente y luchar contra el cambio climático. WWF congregará a cientos de millones de personas en todo el mundo para promover la acción climática también durante los 365 días del año.

lunes, 20 de marzo de 2017

The History Of The #EarthDay

Each year, Earth Day -April 22- marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." War raged in Vietnam and students nationwide overwhelmingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. "Environment" was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.

Although mainstream America largely remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson's New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries, and beginning to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.

sábado, 11 de marzo de 2017

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' The Impression That I Get Turns 20

The 1995 edition of Lollapalooza had a lineup that, in retrospect, seems almost inconceivably cool. It had the Jesus Lizard. It had Elastica. It had Pavement, so sloppy and aloof the day I saw them that the West Virginia crowd pelted them with chunks of mud. It had Hole, performing under silvery stars and openly feuding with other bands on the bill. It had Mellow Gold/"Loser" -era Beck, gawky and unsure and not yet ready for stages that size, though he'd get there soon enough. It had Superchunk and Helium and Redman and Built To Spill, all playing over on the side stage. It had Cypress Hill, performing in front of a gigantic inflatable Buddha with a pot leaf on its belly and, at the climactic moment of their set, wheeling out a 10-foot bowl with a smoke machine inside it. As headliners, it had old underground gods Sonic Youth, opening their set, the night I saw them, with "Teenage Riot," only seven years old at that point but already a classic.

The whole show was conceived as a rebuke to the previous year - the Smashing Pumpkins/Beastie Boys/Breeders year, the year that Nirvana were slated to headline until Kurt Cobain killed himself - because people thought that things were getting too pop. (That 1994 lineup also seems improbably cool in retrospect, but that's '90s alt-rock culture for you. The only early Lolla lineup that has really aged poorly is 1993, the Alice In Chains/Primus/Arrested Development year, and even that had Rage Against The Machine and Tool opening the show.) In a fascinating oral history a few years ago, The Washington Post called Lollapalooza '95 "Alternative Nation's last stand." But even with all the past and future underground icons on display, the band that seized the imaginations of me and my friends when we went to that show - the band we couldn't stop talking about on the long ride home - was the main-stage opening band, the one that wore plaid suits and had a horn section and a guy whose entire job was to dance. Lollapaooza '95 was an ending in a lot of ways, but it was a beginning, too. It was the dawn of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Era.

(Pavement's Bob Nastanovich, in that oral history: "The Bosstones were so pumped, and their act was so physical, it was like an aerobics class. They had outfits. They were made for that type of thing, and we just weren't.")