Neil Young Celebrates Birthday @ Sustainability Forum in Brazil
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.