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Live Earth readies for one l-o-n-g concert

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., July 6 (UPI) -- Live Earth, the seven-continent concert against climate change, will inspire personal change on a global scale, organizers in the U.S. predicted Friday.

Despite A-list line-ups of rock, pop and hip-hop acts on eight far-flung stages, enthusiasm is tepid the day before the ambitious event begins, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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The goal, say some, is muddled. Bob Geldof, organizer of Live Aid and Live 8 concerts, says unless Live Earth presents concrete environmental measures, "it's just an enormous pop concert."

Two key figures behind Live Earth are former U.S. vice president Al Gore, who'll speak at the U.S. site in East Rutherford, N.J., and Kevin Wall, the Emmy-winning producer who worked with Geldof on the Live 8 event.

Wall said the point of Live Earth is to motivate average people to engage in the issue and change their everyday behavior to protect Earth.

"I have no illusion that a concert is going to solve this problem, but what it will do is begin a long, ambitious and focused campaign to educate people on the issue," Wall said. "We are going to be very clear in what we're asking people to do."

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