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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Neil Young Celebrates Birthday @ Sustainability Forum in Brazil

Neil Young @ Sustainability Forum SWU
São Paulo, Brazil
Photo via Deborah Yip

So how did Neil Young celebrate his 66th birthday yesterday, you ask?

By being the keynote speaker at the Sustainability Forum in São Paulo, Brazil. No rest for that humanitarian rebel with causes.

Audience sings "Happy Birthday" to Neil

From G1 - Neil Young comemora aniversário no Fórum de Sustentabilidade do SWU - notícias em SWU 2011: (sorry on the some of the translation. Our Portuguese leaves something to be desired. ;) )
The reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels and increased use of renewable technologies for power generation were the main themes of the first panel of the 2nd Global Forum on Sustainability SWU, which began on Saturday (12) in Paulinia, in São Paulo.

With the presence of the musician Neil Young, who turns 66 years and was honored on this day before the meeting with a "Happy Birthday" collective (****see video at link above****), experts stressed the urgency of making massive investments in technologies that emit less greenhouse greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

Considered the godfather of the event, the Canadian musician stressed during his speech that lasted about 30 minutes, the need to increase the use of biofuels in cars and the export of recalled products can be a villain in the environment. "

"Every time we use products from distant countries, oil demand for transport. It is a positive value which is produced by, "said Neil Young.

Involved with a project that transformed his Lincoln Continental Mark IV, 1959, in a car powered by biodiesel, Young said it was important to engage young people with sustainability. "It starts with you. It is too late for me, "to paraphrase the motto of the festival SWU.

The musician exemplified the impact of climate change with memories that had in everyday life. "Before, I realized that there were more birds now I do not see this much and still nobody knows why," he said, adding that the world will only be protected from the action of people.

In closing his speech, Young thanked the honor he received for the anniversary. "Maybe next year I will come again and sing a song for you," he said to get the word out to another participant, Stausberg Mathias, a spokeswoman for the UN at the event.

Also, see Neil Young: Humanitarian Rebel With Causes.


At 11/13/2011 02:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that Neil has got involved in this cause!

The biggest contributor to Global warming and emissions Is by far modern animal farming (factory farming or otherwise), so the best solution is for us all to stop eating meat. The planet cannot be saved without a huge movement towards a vegetarian diet. Unlikely to happen very quickly, but this is something that has to be taken seriously (and certainly not overlooked) before it's too late. It's one of the few significant things the average person can do that will make a difference.

Happy birthday Neil (day late I know)!

At 11/14/2011 11:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 11/14/2011 01:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol - even Neil eats meat. I love steaks and veal and chicken and pork and fish...yum!Factory farms = bad. Local family farms= good.

Nice try thinking human beings can affect the weather...paleese...

At 11/14/2011 01:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah, you can love steaks and veal and chicken and pork and fish but the first poster got it right.
You stupid Crazy Horse fan! ; )

Neil Young fans go Vegetarian!

At 11/14/2011 02:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On 2011-11-12 Neil Young said:

"We are the most intelligent beings on the planet...

... according to us."

At 11/15/2011 07:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(I'm the original commenter on here, sorry I didn't leave a name)

Yes, Neil does eat meat, but everything he now stands for and speaks out for suggests the next logical step is for him to become vegetarian. When I stated that modern animal agriculture is the no 1 cause of global warming and emissions, I wasn't quoting some obscure theory. That's the way it is, it can't be overlooked. Simplifying things to factory farming/family farming doesn't matter in this instance (though obviously the family farms are much better in other ways, but do you realise how few there are left?).

If you disagree that's fine, but you have to do your research first. Saying "I like meat" doesn't cut it. In several years of studying this topic I have yet to hear a genuine argument in favour of meat consumption when it comes to environmental matters.

The Flying Scotsman.

At 11/15/2011 12:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually saying "I like meat" does cut it. I always try to have a very sharp knife when slicing my steaks or pork or chichen or veal. That way, the individual pieces can be uniform in the meaty dish that I'm preparing.

You can believe whatever you want about meat and its contributions to global warming/climate change/whatever it's being called today. The only research I need on the topic is the feeling my stomach and brain gets after eating a nice meal with animal proteins - meat.

Don't try to force your way of eating onto others - it comes across as Stalinist. You'd rather sacrifice human nutrition for the alleged greater good of the environment. Have fun with that.

At 11/15/2011 04:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ Don't feed the troll...

(with meat or vegetables).

At 11/15/2011 08:43:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@01:32:00 PM

"You'd rather sacrifice human nutrition for the alleged greater good of the environment."

That's not what he said.

Don't be so quick to judge others.

But he is about trying to achieve a higher morality & consciousness.

Got a problem with that?

we don't


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