Fantastic Photos of the Earth Day Concert on the Mall

Gwen Stefani, No Doubt

All photos taken for PoPville by Lorie Shaull. Anyone else go? Who was your favorite?



More great shots after the jump.


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  • I guess this belongs here, instead of in RRR&R:
    The Earth Day concert on the Mall on Saturday was great. Well, sort of great. The weather was amazing, it wasn’t too crowded, the NASA booth was fantastic, the musical acts were on point. However, (and I KNOW it’s an advocacy event and the point is to share information) they really should have worked on the format and the content of the speeches. We left earlier than we wanted to because the kids were so bored with the Dutch vice minister of this and the Ghanaian under secretary of that and the non-celebrities reading buzzword-filled speeches. For the majority of the crowd who hasn’t spent a decade+ in political/ development/ advocacy jobs, I can’t imagine they got ANYTHING out of it. Correct me if you were there and I’m wrong. I understood it all, and I was bored.
    I wonder how they can fix this. An event of that size should have had the best marketing/communication folks. Did they fail, or is that just as good as it gets?

    • It’s really sad when the whole reason the concert is happening, advocacy for protection of our planet, is considered boring, but Gwen Stefani yeah that’s awesome!

      • Why the potshot? Perhaps you missed where I said I do this stuff for a living. Obvious I don’t find issues of development and assistance and equity/diversity/inclusion boring. Were you there? The event completely failed at making a compelling case for the issues. It was all over the map, and not pitched at a non-pro audience.

        • I think at least one Anonymous got out on the wrong side of the bed this morning (and is having trouble with reading comprehension as well).

      • It’s not the cause that’s boring, it’s the way it was presented. Considering the star power and funding behind this event, it was a missed opportunity.

    • I agree that they failed in the advocacy part. It was just kind of stuck in there between musical acts. Basically, you went for a concert that provided you with sufficient bathroom and snack breaks. There was nothing that compelled people to pay attention, and the speakers were poorly prepared (clearly reading off a script and unrehearsed at that). The information could have been presented in a much more interesting way or there could have been booths or activities dispersed throughout the event. I didn’t even see the NASA booth.

  • Dang, wish I’d known about this.

  • I agree with wdc – if the point was advocacy, it would have been more effective piling up the speeces later in the day when the crowd was larger. Or at least having some of the bigger acts interspersed. I was there for two hours and heard two songs by a SK act, about a solid hour of speeches and videos, and the another unknown foreign band that I thought was a recording. Then more speeches… Nothing kept my interest for me to stay.

    The intentions good, the execution mediocre.

    • I know all the governments and foundations want their five minutes to publicize their (very worthy) commitments to the fight against global poverty, but very few people in the crowd understand what it means for one government to pledge $30M to clean water while another pledges $700M to education and a small local foundation promises to spend $1M on entrepreneurship. These are Good Things. But to announce them one after another to a crowd that hasn’t spent time getting to know the dynamic and the context of each issue is a sure-fire way to get folks to tune out after the second speech. Throw in a Director for Impact and Sustainability from some big NGO and let her ramble on about agricultural value chains… come ON. And there were DOZENS of these.
      I’d probably set it up like a workshop. Pick three issues and spend 45 minutes on each one. Use your Morgan Freeman narrated short film to show WHY and HOW climate change affects poor populations disproportionately. (Show, don’t tell.) (And don’t use phrases like “disproportionate impact”.) Have the overseas visitors speak about their personal experience. Use the jumbotrons to show Newsweek-level infographics and maps. Have volunteers circulate and facilitate Q&A. THEN bring up a donor or two to talk about their specific plan, actual actions, for addressing the issue, THEN make the ask of the crowd about the actions they can take. Instead of the scattershot water-ebola-education-entrepreneurship-women’s empowerment-sustainable farming-refugees-family planning-pollution! approach, focus one entire between-acts segment on one issue, so that there’s a chance of really educating people, instead of demonstrating how much intractable scary poverty there is out there.

    • the point is to ensure these foundations get to handle the money and regulate the project instead of giving it directly to the countries who have been deemed by the banksters and politicians as too inept . development gets done at the whims of the funders, not the nations. The poor nations want money for industry and factories to break free from the yoke of neoliberal oppression and they instead coca-cola and bubble gum. not that clean water isn’t a worthy initiative, but it is racist to label these governments corrupt in one breath and facilitate cronyism in the next.

      • so I guess my point is that if concert going millenials figure out what is actually going on , it is a bad thing for the status quo. better to keep the whole situation it undecipherable. a disjointed boring presentation probably is effective NGO and non=profit racism irrelevant o a 24 year old. Party on!

  • Did GS sing anything from the new Prince release she collaborated with him on?! “Waiting Room” is one of the best songs I’ve heard from either of them in years.

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