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Power Up for Earth Day

April 24, 1993

After reading all the hoopla about Paul McCartney's Earth Day concert ("A Welcome McCartney," April 19), it occurred to me that the energy used to run the lights and instruments at this concert consumed more resources than whole villages in northern India or the Amazon Basin will use in a generation.

This is not to demean the stature of these artists or their earnest efforts on behalf of causes. Nor is it to suggest that we should don loincloths, squat around fires and eat with our hands. I simply wish to point out how our way of life burns away our world.

Glitzy, high-profile sentimentality can never be a substitute for the daily discipline, hard work and reordering of habits to bring us into communion with our world. Every day is Earth Day.

DAN STURDIVANT

Los Angeles

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