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Rapper, Rocker Face Off in 'Battle Ground Earth'

July 10, 2008 11:34 AM

Battle Ground Earth: Ludacris v. Tommy Lee

Eco-Battle: "Battle Ground Earth: Ludacris v. Tommy Lee" aims to teach conservation lessons through a nine-city competition.

Pairing rocker Tommy Lee with rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges would be a way to conserve energy.

Discovery’s Planet Green network is launching “Battle Ground Earth: Ludacris v. Tommy Lee,” which aims to teach conservation lessons through a nine-city competition.

During the show Ludacris, Tommy Lee and their posses ride from town to town in a biodiesel-fueled bus and engage in challenges to encourage people to do things such as installing compact florescent bulbs to conserve electricity and taking mass showers to save water.

The series concludes with a concert. Losing man’s band will open for the winner.

In keeping with the network’s celebrity focus, famous faces pop up during the tour including Jane Fonda, Meatloaf and Michael Irvin.

When they were contacted by the network, the musicians said, neither knew much about green issues.

Ludacris said one of his first conversations about conservation was with Al Gore backstage at the Grammys, where the former VP won for his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth."

Now that the show is over, both musicians say they’re putting their knowledge of environmental issues to good use. Ludicris just bought a hybrid Tahoe and Lee is calling solar panel companies. “I’m trying to get off the grid, man,” he said.

The musicians said they have become friends doing the show together, and they stay in contact to see if they’re both sticking with the green program, asking each other things like the cost of putting in alternative grass.

“We’re all changing our lives,” Ludacris said. “If we can do it, anyone can.”

—Jon Lafayette

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Hera Caniac:

Read about the show in US weekly (8-11-08) issue. What a great concept. Using celebs that are high profile in the eyes of younger generations is a wonderful way to communicate environmental issues.

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