By LOONG MENG YEE
SHAH ALAM: Malaysians are just a click away from participating in two global events on-line to mark 07.07.07 tomorrow.
One of the events is Live Earth, a series of round-the-world concerts featuring 150 of the hottest stars, which aims to create awareness on the global warming crisis.
Among the stars are Madonna, Kanye West, The Police, Black Eyed Peas, Joey Yung, Eason Chan, Linkin Park, Pussycat Dolls, Snow Patrol and Enrique Iglesias.
The other event is a private initiative by a Swiss-based corporation to name the new Seven Wonders of the World. There are 20 final contenders, including the Eiffel Tower, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China, Indias Taj Mahal, the Colosseum in Rome and the Opera House in Sydney.
Live Earth has invited citizens of the world to sign a pledge urging for urgent action to save the world, while the new seven wonders organisers are calling on net users to choose the wonders of their choice.
According to the Wikipedia website, Live Earth intends to draw an audience of two billion worldwide, making it one of the largest global events in history.
The organisers are also inviting Internet users to support a seven-point pledge under its Live Earth Call to Action (liveearthpledge.org/answer_the_call.php).
As for the new Seven Wonders of the World initiative, Wikipedia said it was a proposed revision of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Swiss businessman Bernard Weber launched the project in 1999. There were 177 monuments for consideration after fulfilling the criteria that the structures must be man-made, completed before the year 2000, and in an acceptable state of preservation.
By 2006, organisers New Open World Corporation (NOWC) narrowed the list to 21 sites, with the Pyramids of Giza (one of the original ancient wonders of the world) named as an honorary candidate.
Anyone can vote for the monuments of his choice at http://www.new7wonders.com. The first vote is free to registered members and subsequent votes can be purchased from NOWC.
The new wonders will be announced in Lisbon tomorrow.
Both events are not without criticisms.
According to Wikipedia, Live Earth had been lambasted for the use of private jets. Organisers defended the use of jets at the music events, saying the concerts would have eco-friendly electricity and sustainable lighting.
Sir Bob Geldof (who conceived the monumental Live Aid concerts in 1985) said Live Earth lacked a final goal.
Unesco has also disassociated itself from the project although it was invited to be involved several times, saying the new seven wonders of the world was a private undertaking.