U2 and Bono have been vocal about their support for Mother Earth in their commitment to ‘save the planet.’ “My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet,” so says Bono. But people have come to criticize them for their double standard. Bono and his band have a massive carbon footprint as they tour the world with their concerts.
Their U2360 world tour, with a price tab of £90m, shall see the band on the road over a period of 100 days, 18 months. The avowed environmentalists will be consuming 70,000 air miles, all done in their private jet which will generate 64.42 tons of CO2 by flying 22,037 miles to this year’ concert locations alone. In 2009, there will be 44 concerts. There are 40 more projected concerts of the same tour next year, over two continents.
What’s more, the concert tour will lug along three 390-ton stages (‘using 3,286.60 tons of CO2, with another 916.07 tons for extra equipment’) and about ‘200 crew and backstage staff.’ The concert tour’s premiere performance in Barcelona ‘featured the space station-style stage and satellite link-up with the International Space Station.’
Experts have calculated their carbon emissions to tally up to a total of 65,000 tons of CO2. ‘U2’s CO2 emissions are the equivalent of the waste created by 6,500 average British or Irish people in an entire year, or equal to leaving a standard 100 watt light bulb on for 159,000 years.’