Earth Day Pearl Jam Style

by Kathy Davis on April 22, 2011

Watch Stone’s “Dig It!” Film: Longtime environmental activist Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard is featured in 2011′s Do Something Reel film festival, and below is the actual film for your viewing pleasure. As we previously reported, it’s called “Dig It!” and was shot during his October 2008 Earthkeepers tree-planting event/concert series. The festival has generously posted the film on it’s website, and you can watch the entire film by clicking here.

Pearl Jam Rock The Earth:  Well, the band may rock our own personal earths, but according to  great conservation activist group Rock The Earth – the deserve accolades for it.b Rock The earth have announced their 2011 “Planet Defenders” – and one of  the honorees is none other than our boys Pearl Jam! Here’s the press release:

This year’s winner in the ARTIST category, Pearl Jam, has over the course of a 20 year career, not only set the bar high in the world of rock music, but also in their dedication to environmental activism. Lead singer, Eddie Vedder, often participates in fundraisers and benefits for environmental groups like the Kelly Slater Foundation and Jack Johnson’s Kokua Hawaii Foundation. He and the rest of Pearl Jam have donated money to groups that focus on climate change and other environmental concerns. Vedder is also a surfer and active in surf-related conservation efforts, most notably Surfrider Foundation. Guitarist Stone Gossard has been active in environmental pursuits, and has been an advocate of Pearl Jam’s carbon neutral policy, offsetting the band’s environmental impact. Spearheaded by Gossard, the band established a Carbon Portfolio Strategy, Pearl Jam’s ongoing efforts to advance clean renewable energy and carbon mitigation. Through this Strategy, the band has donated more than $150,000 to nine organizations doing innovative work around climate change, renewable energy, and the environment. By working with these organizations to mitigate carbon emissions, Pearl Jam ultimately hopes to become 0% net emissions for all tours and band businesses. A committed environmentalist, Stone has quietly worked to use this influence to effect change locally and internationally through direct involvement in many environmental issues through his work with the Wild Salmon Center, Conservation International, Cascade Land Conservancy, New Apollo Energy Project, and Honor the Earth. In 2010, the band announced they would mitigate carbon emissions from their 2009 Backspacer Tour by donating $210,000 towards planting trees in the area of Puget Sound, Washington. RtE applauds Pearl Jam for setting a stellar example of how to Rock the Earth in a conscientious manner. Thanks to Jo/RockinForACure for tweeting this (via Jambase/Fuckyeahstonegossard)

Calculate Your Own Carbon Footprint: If you want to do engage in your own environmental awareness efforts and don’t know where to start, why not try calculating your own carbon footprint and thinking about how you can offset it? As you may know,  your footprint is what greenhouse gases (CO2) you emit in your daily life through fuel, electricity and other sources. We can all work toward a carbon neutral life; our band is more than just inspirational – they have long been active in the cause by putting money, hands-on time and great effort behind doing what’s right for the future of the planet.  You can calculate your own Carbon Emissions at Conservation International here.

Conservation Rock!

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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