In the wake of my post about the green initiatives on this year’s Warped Tour it’s nice to see both Pearl Jam and Green Day jumping on the eco-friendly boat in a nice way.
Pearl Jam has committed to donating $100,000 to several groups that focus on climate change, renewable energy and other environmental causes as they seek to offset the damage caused by the carbon emissions that the band creates while on tour. The band is able to track in detail the carbon emissions that they create by their various tour vehicles and the energy used from both the hotels they stay at and the concert venues they perform in. Using this data they are able to determine the band’s contribution to global warming.
According to Stone Gossard in an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper “We can get a really relatively accurate picture of what that looks like over a year, and it’s a considerable amount of carbon.” “We emitted about 5,000 tons of carbon on our last tour.”
The program is part of their Carbon Portfolio Strategy for their 2006 World Tour.
Meanwhile Green Day is joining forces with the Natural Resources Defense Council in a yet to be unveiled “special web project” to be announced soon. It looks like it will be a participatory project which will inspire and get their fans involved, which is always a good thing.
Both Green Day and Pearl Jam have also been involved with Greenpeace in the past.
All good stuff in my books. I especially appreciate the fact that they are doing something concrete as opposed to just spouting off about this cause and that. And to top it all off they are great bands to boot. Cool stuff.