A Beautiful Day: U2 saves the world and goes to Mars instead
Distance to Mars: The closest theoretical point Earth and Mars can be is when Earth is at its aphelion (most distant point in its elliptical orbit around the sun- average 149,597,888 km), and Mars is at its closest (average 227,939,100 km). At this point, the two planets are separated by only 54.6 million km. The closest point in recent history was back in 2003, when Earth and Mars were separated by only 55 million km.
Emissions of U2 360° Tour: a 100-date, 18-month world tour with 70,000 air miles (113,000km) in a private jet. £90 million pounds or $230 million dollars later the tour has the three 390-ton stages, folded up and caravaned around the globe, with 200 roadies neatly tucked inside.
Opening night in Barcelona’s Nou Camp last week launched the spacestation-esque stage and a satellite phone link-up with the ISS that sure did make those old guys seem fly. But then carbonfootprint.com measured the impact and it came out to 65,000 tonnes of CO2. The company’s environmental consultant Helen Roberts concluded…
“The carbon footprint generated by U2’s 44 concerts this year is equal to carbon created by the four band members travelling the 34.125 million miles* from Earth to Mars in a passenger plane. You also have to add the carbon emissions from the same number of concerts again next year. Just looking at the 44 concerts this year, the band will create enough carbon to fly all 90,000 people attending one of their Wembley concerts to Dublin. To offset this year’s carbon emissions, U2 would need to plant 20,118 trees.”
*34.125 x 1.6 = 54.592 million km …
So fellas I appreciate all you’ve done for the rest of us over the years, the music was really great except the zooropa pop debacle. I also appreciate you guys forgoing your geriatric tours to save the planet, but knowing how much you guys care…. Listen, if you leave soon you all can get the next one-way rocket out to Mars. Now you’re going have to parachute in that last bit. I’d say pack the ipods, some fanta and a few effects pedals… but that’s it. Find the rover when you get there, and we’ll do a link-up with Oprah for St. Patty’s day.
Idea for a new tour t-shirt: Take off the Sunglasses Bono
(via the independent and yesbutnobutyes)