Michael Jackson: Green Before It Was Cool

Michael Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Appreciate/Shutterstock.com

MNN, along with the rest of the world, is mourning the sudden passing of the King of Pop. Surfing the net, we unearthed a 2007 interview in which Michael Jackson pointed out that he’s been green all along. He expresses great concern about the global warming crisis and says he saw it coming. To Jackson’s credit, he cites songs he penned such as “Earth Song,” “Heal the World,” and that mega-hit from the King of Pop Super-Duper groups, “We Are the World” (although we could’ve sworn that one was about Africa.)

Of those songs, Jackson said, "I wish they would have gotten people's interest sooner. But it's never too late.” He continued, "It's been described as a runaway train; if we don't stop it, we'll never get it [the world] back. So we have to fix it, now. That's what I was trying to do...writing those songs to open up people's consciousness. I wish people would listen to every word."

During his long career, Jackson was an easy target for derision, and the heckling inevitably came along with any move he made. But his legacy is, perhaps more poignantly, one of generosity. He contributed large chunks of his riches to charities focusing on AIDS, many children’s charities, NAACP, United Negro College Fund, among many others. Before he was sad, before he was Bad, apparently he was also green.