Hetch Hetchy Valley and Tuolumne River
Hetchy Valley, in Yosemite National Park, is an area of remarkable
natural beauty. One of only four glacially-carved valleys
in California, it features granite bluffs, tall waterfalls
and grand vistas. Hetch Hetchy was often compared to Yosemite
Valley itself, that is, until 1923, when O'Shaughnessy Dam
was completed along the western end of the valley, creating
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. This 1,900-acre lake in the middle
of the National Park now supplies the City of San Francisco
with over 85% of its drinking water, along with a modest amount
of electrical power. The dam was built over the strenuous
objections of legendary conservationist John Muir, and environmentalists
have deplored its existence ever since.
Park Service (NPS) is currently developing the scope of a
new management plan for the Tuolumne River under the Wild
and Scenic Rivers Act. This law compels the NPS to preserve
selective rivers possessing outstandingly remarkable scenic,
recreational, geological, fish and wildlife, historical, cultural,
or other similar values in free-flowing condition and to protect
these rivers and their immediate environments for the benefit
and enjoyment of present and future generations.
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Against Global Warming with Rock the Earth
polar ice caps continue to melt at unprecedented rates, and
scientific findings provide even more conclusive evidence
against global warming, it's time we all begin to take a more
serious stand. Rock the Earth has decided to join our friends
Earth whole-heartedly supports the Stop Global Warming Virtual
March. The global climate-change crisis is the single largest
environmental condition in the history of modern civilization,
and will impact nearly every living organism on this planet.
All other environmental issues pale in comparison. It impacts
not only those special places, species and natural resources
that Rock the Earth works to protect, but will exacerbate
conditions for those communities already impacted.
country with the single largest contribution to this problem,
leadership is sorely needed. It is for these reasons that
Rock the Earth is honored to join with so many luminaries
from the environmental, scientific, political and entertainment
communities, to call on this country¹s leaders to take
affirmative steps to stem this threat of global proportions.
the Earth become one of the leaders in the Global March! It's
easy. Take 5 minutes to register here,
and help Rock the Earth Defend the Planet One March at
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the San Francisco Bay
Photos by Susan J. Weiand
On a beautiful,
sunny day on Sunday, September 17, Gone Global Productions
held a festival to benefit Rock the Earth. The line-up was
action-packed, starting with the bluegrass sounds of Yosemite
Valley's Trespassers. This was followed by the popular Bay
Area U2 cover band, Zoo Station, who treated us to
a surreal U2 experience, complete with a plea for no more
pollution during Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Fierro, Mark Karan and Adam Perry
Karan's Buds took the stage next. Featuring Ratdog lead
guitarist Mark Karan, this talented ensemble, consisting of
Pete Sears (Flying Other Brothers), Robin Sylvester
and Jay Lane (Ratdog), Adam Perry (The Love
X Nowhere) and guest sax player Martin Fierro, Buds
played a fun set of cover tunes and original songs. Next,
Tahoe's rising stars, Blue Turtle Seduction, played
their blend of "High-Altitude Bohemian Tribal Funk Grass"
for the enthusiastic crowd.
full-filled day finished up with an All-Star Band, Rubber
Souldiers, playing a mix of Beatles and Grateful Dead
tunes. The Rubber Souldiers featured RtE Advisory Board Member
David Gans, Robin Sylvester, David Nelson
(New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Nelson Band), Barry
Sless (Phil Lesh & Friends), Chris and Lorin Rowan
(the Rowan Brothers) and Adam Perry. Martin Fierro
also sat in during this set, as did B3 organist Jordan
Feinstein. Solo artist Joe Rutt entertained the
masses in the mini-vending village between sets.
artist Howard Krouk created a wonderful poster commemorating
the event. These are now available on our website at the
level of membership in Rock the Earth. View
photos of the event and listen
to audio from the Rubber Souldiers set here.
a photo gallery by Alan Hess as well as a gallery
by Bob Minkin.
volunteer Chris Bramble, RtE Staffers Tree Plant and
Steve Tighe and RtE Summer Intern Raphael Schiffman.
thanks to Mike Presto at Gone Global Productions, to Neil
Glazer, Shaun Dolan, Jenny Vyskocil, Steve Block, Dan Braun,
Chez Ray, Fritz Frisbee, Howard Krouk and Clif Bar, and to
all of the artists and their management, the vendors, and
all the rest of the folks who volunteered their time, attended
and/or made contributions to make this festival the success
that it was.
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Judge Rocks Bush Administration's Forest Plan
September 20, a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco
reinstated President Clinton's Roadless Rule that sharply
curtails development in nearly 60 million acres of national
forests, setting aside a decision by the Bush administration
last year to replace that measure by one considerably less
Tuesday by Judge Elizabeth Laporte came in a case filed by
several environmental groups and four states, after the U.S.
Forest Service last year replaced the Clinton roadless plan
with one requiring states to petition for protection of roadless
forests. Judge Laporte concluded the Forest Service failed
to follow proper environmental procedures when it issued the
rule allowing states to file petitions. Critics of the new
plan said it would open pristine forests to logging, mining
and other activities. The Bush administration has argued its
plan would still protect the forests, without locking up vast
tracts of forests from industrial and recreational uses.
Earth, while not a party to the litigation, has been working
on this issue for over a year. Last summer, RtE began a public
education campaign, followed by a fall petition drive asking
the Department of Agriculture (DOA) to reinstate the Roadless
Rule. While action by the DOA has not yet been taken, RtE
celebrates the District Court decision, noting that increased
public pressure with regard to this issue has surely led many
in the legal community to question the Administration's actions
and procedures imposed by the Bush rule.
information, reference last
October's newsletter or visit our website.
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Your Search Into Dollars for RtE
the Earth is excited to partner with internet search engine
Search for a new way to help Defend the
Planet One Search at a Time. Good Search works just like
any other search engine, with the exception that each search
you conduct will directly benefit Rock the Earth. At one cent
per search, it's remarkable how quickly the dollars add up.
started, visit www.GoodSearch.com
and type in "Rock the Earth" under the "I'm
Supporting" button. With that, every search you conduct
will directly benefit Rock the Earth. You can even check the
progress being made by Rock the Earth members. If only 1000
friends of Rock the Earth utilize the Good Search engine,
we would raise nearly $8,000 in a year.
to set your home page or search engine to www.GoodSearch.com
and raise money for Rock the Earth more easily than ever!
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the Earth Has Its Perks!
a member of Rock the Earth and take advantage of some great
membership benefits! RtE Members receive discounts on concerts
and festivals, special members-only merchandise offers, 10%
off EcoExpress gift baskets and 20% off SCIGear
and Bamboosa products. For a limited time only, RtE
Members receive 20% off Bonnie Raitt's merchandise at
us at Membership@RockTheEarth.org
to find out how to take advantage of these special benefits!
your friends (or yourself!) great gift baskets of bath &
beauty products, music from around the world, scrumptious
organic treats or games and gardening kits from EcoExpress!
Visit their website, www.ecoexpress.com
to see their wide selection!
sustainability and enjoy breathable, durable clothing that
is as soft as silk with Bamboosa's 100% bamboo clothing.
Bamboo is nature's most sustainable resource, grown without
pesticides and 100% biodegradable. Bamboosa is a member of
1% for the Planet and all products are made in America. Go
to read more about their great products.
Rock the Earth today!
to Give Something Back? Volunteer with Rock the Earth!
see us all across the country at concerts and festivals, but
did you know that RtE is run almost entirely by volunteers?
That's right, most of our work is accomplished through the
dedication of our board of directors, Volunteer Staff members,
interns and volunteers around the country.
a lot of work to be done and we need your help through generous
membership donations and volunteer efforts to keep our projects
and tour schedule going strong! If you're interested in volunteering
at concerts and festivals, or with one of our committees,
please email us at Volunteer@RockTheEarth.org
to find out how you can help Rock the Earth!
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Tour: The End of the Road
Mo, RtE Executive Director Marc Ross, Bonnie Raitt,
RtE Summer Outreach Intern Raphael Schiffman.
our last edition, Rock the Earth's Summer Education and Outreach
Tour rejoined the Bela Fleck & the Flecktones' Acoustic
Planet Tour, which traveled from the northeast to the
southeast with RtE in tow. In Raleigh, when the tour ended,
we commenced our work with the legendary Allman Brothers
Band (and Gov't Mule). This tour took us back up
the coast with stops in New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusets
and Pennsylvania, before heading west to our hometown of Denver.
While in Denver, we experienced our most successful single
night. On a cold and rainy evening at historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre,
RtE gained 44 new members! It was a busy and exhausting
night, crushing all previous records. Thanks to the ABB fans,
band and management for their support on our maiden tour with
heading back to the west coast, we rejoined the Dave Matthews
Band for the remainder of their tour, while also rejoining
Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo' for their western
swing through California, Arizona and New Mexico.
issue of Rock the Earth Notes goes to press, our third Summer
Education and Outreach Tour is nearing its end. This summer,
Rock the Earth had a presence on eight major tours (Dave Matthews
Band, Bonnie Raitt, String Cheese Incident/Ratdog, Guster/Ray
LaMontange, Bon Jovi/Nickelback, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones'
Acoustic Planet Tour and the Allman Brothers/Gov't Mule tours).
We crisscrossed the country twice, utilized seven hard-working
interns, were present at over 75 events and over 100 concert
dates, and gained over 500 members, bringing our total membership
to over 1,300 members. This was all due to the help of our
growing band of volunteers which numbered over 30 this summer.
Thanks to interns Chandra Ruff, Kathryn Blau, Bridget Carey,
Jenny Schumacher, Sarah Tell, Raphael Schiffman and Liz Pattison.
Special thanks to all who helped out at concerts and festivals
this summer, to the bands who invited us along, and to the
hundreds of you who signed up for membership this summer!
Our grassroots movement continues to grow exponentially, and
this is entirely due to your commitment to create a better
planet for us all.
in the Free World,
from the road, show reviews, pictures and set lists, check
out our Tour
Blog. For the latest news and tour dates, see
Tickets to See Michael Franti & Spearhead and Kan'Nal
- For Members Only!
you are a paid member of Rock the Earth (and your membership
is up to date), you can win a pair of tickets to see RtE Advisory
Board Member Michael
Franti & Spearhead at the Denver Fillmore
for FREE! We're giving away three (3) pairs of tickets for
their historic run (Oct. 20th and 21st). If you would like
to be entered into the contest, write to email@example.com
with a subject line being: Spearhead Tix. Deadline to enter
is October 10th. Winners will be contacted by email on October
Halloween: Win free tickets to the Journey to the Underworld
rhythm, swirling dancers, ancient instruments and futuristic
technologies blend with mythic archetypes and alternative
rock to create a musical, visual and sensual experience. Kan'Nal
and Rock the Earth are teaming up to offer winning members
a pair of free tickets to their choice of the following Kan'Nal
Journey to the Underworld Masquerade Ball shows this October:
20: Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
Oct 27: Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO
Oct 31: Suede, Salt Lake City, UT
to the Underworld with Kan'Nal this Halloween! If you would
like to be entered into the contest, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line: Kan'Nal Tix. Deadline to enter is October
10th. Winners will be contacted by email on October 15th.
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Kane Rocks the Earth: Interview
Kane resides in Los Angeles. She is Bonnie Raitt's Manager,
Founder and Ex. Director of the ARIA
Foundation, co-creator of the Green Highway
touring festival, and mother of a three-year-old daughter.
What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most
critical at this time?
and accurate, reliable voting machines are so critical. Alternative
Energy and reducing our dependence on oil ranks up really
high for me personally. My nonprofit called the ARIA Foundation
(Artist Resources In Action) has two awesome projects: GreenHighway.net,
which is a touring festival that Bonnie Raitt and I started
in 2002 where we work to reduce her tours' impact on the environment.
We wind offset her concerts and use BioDiesel in her tour
trucks and buses, and we invite local nonprofit organizations
working on alternative energy, no nukes, etc. to come out
and talk with concertgoers at the shows. We were just able
to upgrade to B100 in Bonnie's buses and trucks this tour
and are very excited as four years ago, putting BioD in trucks
and buses was not an easy task at all! The truck that experimented
with us first was the truck that Honda sent out on our 2002
summer tour to carry two hybrid cars we put out on display
at each show.
another project in ARIA called REVERB which was started by
a member of the band GUSTER (Adam Gardner) and his wife Lauren.
They are totally awesome. Reverb
is coordinating Green Highway on Bonnie's tour, integrating
activism into more and more concert tours, doing a great job
lessening bands' touring impact through BioD, wind offsetting
shows, and doing lots of awesome greening of the music industry.
You know this though, that's how we connected with Rock the
What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with
International Economic Relations of Developing Countries in
college but took a job when I graduated as the Environmental
Director of a nightclub called WETLANDS in Manhattan. That
was my introduction to working in the music industry, running
merchandise programs AND nonprofit working groups, coordinating
benefits AND helping bands reach their fans, so it was balancing
music and activism-- and that's what got me started. A few
bands created a festival and asked if I wanted to come help
"green" the festival so I ended up out on the HORDE
Tour with Blues Traveler, Phish, Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews
and lots of great bands, coordinating nonprofit's tabling,
and the second year I also coordinated all the concourse "festival"
activities like vendors and games, etc. I left the HORDE after
the second year to become the Music Industry Liaison at Greenpeace,
coordinating canvassers out on concert tours, lining up talent
for demos, coordinating entertainment for the rallies and
press conferences, etc. After about five years of doing that
I decided to move to California, started the ARIA Foundation
and then hooked up with Bonnie Raitt, and have been working
with her ever since. She's a true inspiration of how to combine
environmental activism with a music career.
Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace
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the Earth On Tour: Photo
Education and Outreach Tour interns Sarah Tell and Raphael