HI Islands National Monument Moves Forward
to our surprise, in late August the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
issued final regulations to implement President Bush's proclamation
establishing the NW Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.
In doing so, the largest underwater marine sanctuary in
the world has been established. Stretching 1,200 nautical
miles, the Monument (larger than 46 of our 50 states) is governed
by regulations that legally require the cessation of commercial
fishing, drilling and other activities that threaten this
fragile ecosystem. The new regulations also establish strict
requirements on permitted activities. It should be noted that
limited, non-commercial, recreational activities (SCUBA, snorkeling,
etc.), as well as traditional, Native Hawaiian activities,
are allowed with a permit, along with other limited research
conducted with the purpose of protecting the Monument.
Rock the Earth and its Hawaiian partner, KAHEA, await the
Management Plan to implement the regulations (expected later
this year), we continue to monitor permits being issued pursuant
to the new regulations, to ensure that that the Monument receives
the maximum amount of protection afforded under the law.
information on the NW HI Marine National Monument, see the
edition of Rock the Earth Notes or visit
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Lakes Festival and the Mark Vann Foundation Rock the Earth
past month, two organizations have made unsolicited donations
to Rock the Earth - 10,000
Lakes Festival and the Mark
10,000 Lakes Festival is held annually each July in
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. During the past two summers, Rock
the Earth has not only been invited to the festival to educate
and activate music fans, but 10KLF has make RtE one of the
non-profit sponsor beneficiaries of the event, donating a
portion of the proceeds to RtE. In accordance with 10KLF's
request, the funds donated will be put toward RtE's Greening
Cruise project, set to take place January 2-6,
Vann was the banjo player in the Colorado band Leftover
Salmon, who at the age of 39, succumbed to cancer and passed
away on March 4, 2002. Mark's spirit lives on through the
charitable efforts of the foundation that bears his name.
Mark consistently lived by the motto of "Go Big!"
He applied this motto to both playing music and his unending
willingness to offer his time and knowledge to teach anybody
who wanted to learn. He encouraged others to "Dream Big,"
"Go Big," and "Pick Big," and personally
supported their efforts to do so.
Vann Foundation was created to continue the spirit of joy,
gratitude and generosity that Mark brought to our collective
communities through his life and music. The Foundation's primary
mission is to serve community based non-profit organizations
bringing light, love and laughter into the lives of those
in need through nature, music and the arts-- and to provide
a conduit for kindhearted people with similar values to nurture
impacting positive change within their own communities.
are grateful for the support from both 10KLF and the MVF in
helping us "Dream Big" to Defend the Planet One
Beat at a Time!
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the Dice - Vegoose Steps Up to Help Rock the Earth
is a Halloween festival extravaganza that draws inspiration
from its Las Vegas location, and, of course, the spirit
of Halloween. In addition to an eclectic group of music
performers, there are interactive attractions, performance
artists, and art installations-- including elements of the
Las Vegas entertainment and performance community. Taking
place from Oct. 27-30, 2006, the festival takes over
the city of Las Vegas with a multitude of evening and late
night shows throughout the extended weekend, culminating in
an outdoor, multi-stage concert at the Sam Boyd Stadium on
October 28 and 29. Much to our surprise and delight, the producers
of Vegoose, in partnership with StubHub, are auctioning VIP
ticket packages to benefit Rock the Earth. These custom
packages include special back-stage privileges that will allow
the winners to view artists from the side of the Main Stage,
a radio broadcast performance, food, beverages, late night
tickets and many other extras. Visit StubHub
for more information.
this wasn't enough, a fan-celebrity blackjack tournament
to benefit nonprofits, including Rock the Earth, will
also be held in which $30,000 in money and prizes will be
awarded to the winners, with the Grand Prize winner walking
away with $15,000. For more information on how to enter, go
Scroll down for an interview with Rich Goodstone, our
newest Advisory Board member and co-founder of Vegoose creator,
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the Key of Green: Potty Time
Earth friends and members often visit our table or write to
us and ask what they can do on a daily basis. In our July
newsletter, we presented 10 Ways to Save the
Planet. The feature was so popular that each month we've
decided to bring you "In the Key of Green," where
we'll give a simple tip for you to help defend the planet
one beat at a time!
begin our feature with the ever-glamorous topic of toilets.
Why toilets, you ask??!! Well, everyone uses them (we hope)
and toilets can leak up to five gallons per minute, costing
you hundreds of dollars per year. In one year, a leaky
toilet can also use up to 22,000 gallons of precious water.
To test for a leak, add a few drops of food coloring into
the toilet tank after it has stopped filling. Wait 10 minutes.
If the food coloring appears in the toilet bowl, the flapper
or ball valve is leaking and needs to be replaced. If your
toilet is not leaking, yet is not low flow (like most older
toilets), there's an easy solution to save water. Add a small
jug of water or pebbles to your tank. This will have the effect
of taking up more space, thus reducing the flow. And best
of all, it's free! See, aren't toilets fun?
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in November: A Rockin' Charity Auction and Greening Jam Cruise
third time in as many years, the Mimi
Fishman Foundation will be conducting an on-line
auction to benefit Rock the Earth. Items donated include original
artwork by Scramble Campbell, signed posters from Bonnie
Raitt, Jack Johnson, the Allman Brothers Band
and the Disco Biscuits, limited edition signed and
numbed prints from Jim Pollock, Emek, Jeff
Wood, Gary Houston and a multitude of others, and
concert and aftershow passes donated by the String Cheese
Incident. For more details, be sure to look for the November
issue of Rock the Earth Notes or check our website
in early November.
tuned to RtE Notes for the latest news in our flagship
project to green Jam
Cruise! Next month, we'll be telling you about
all that we're going to do to reduce the ecological impact
of this festival on the open seas, while activating and educating
the passengers with stimulating environmental programming
involving many of the artists on the boat. In the meantime,
there are only a few cabins remaining. Don't be left on the
to catch the most unique festival around!
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Raitt Keeps On Rockin (the Earth)!
of RtE's biggest supporters in 2006 was certainly Bonnie Raitt.
Over the past several months we have had a presence on Bonnie's
tour, conducted a high-profile interview of her on the Solar
Stage at Bonnaroo, and she has donated a merchandise discount
(20% off all merchandise on her website) to Rock the Earth
Members. Now, for the inaugural show at the Broomfield Events
Center in Broomfield (suburban Denver), Colorado, Bonnie
has donated seats in the 4th row and aftershow passes to
meet her. The tickets and passes are being auctioned on-line
at CharityFolks to benefit Rock the Earth! For your chance
to bid, go
Earth is incredibly humbled and thankful for Bonnie's generosity
and we look forward to many years of partnering with her.
In the coming weeks, we hope
to have the audio from our Bonnaroo interview with Bonnie
available for download. Stay
tuned to the website.
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the Earth Elects New Board Members at Annual Retreat
weekend of October 13-15, 2006, the Staff and Board of Rock
the Earth converged on Denver for our Annual Retreat, strategically
planning the next twelve months, electing new Board Members,
and holding a fundraising concert with Perpetual Groove. It
was truly a busy, but productive weekend.
new Board of Directors is as follows:
Ross (Denver, CO) - President
Deanne Herman (Brooklyn, NY) - Vice President
Deana Zosky (Allentown, PA) - Treasurer
Lori Gray (Denver, CO) -- Secretary
Bob Frankel (Eugene, OR)
Derek Kalahar (Highlands Ranch, CO)
Stacey "Tree" Plant (Santa Cruz, CA)
Barbara Ross (Denver, CO)
Steven Tighe (Oakland, CA)
to our new Board of Directors! In addition, Jeff Hansen and
Sean McNamara depart our Board after serving the organization
for two years, with Matt Conway departing after four years
of service! All will continue to be active on our Volunteer
Staff - Matt and Sean as members of our Legal & Technical
Committee, Jeff as an active member of our Fundraising Committee.
All will be greatly missed from helping to direct the organization
as board members. We thank Matt, Jeff and Sean for their service
and for continuing to Defend the Planet One Beat at a Time!
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the Earth Has Its Perks!
taking advantage of your membership benefits? Check out these
great offers for members of Rock the Earth:
us at Membership@RockTheEarth.org
to take advantage of these special benefits!
special Rocktober contest for RtE Members!
This month, RtE members can also enter to win a t-shirt of
their choice from Grateful
Graphics! Just send an email to info@RockTheEarth.org
with the subject Grateful Graphics to enter to win!
Rock the Earth today!
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with Rock the Earth!
Earth works with volunteers across the country to help us
accomplish our work. We are looking for volunteers to help
with a variety of tasks, such as:
& membership drives
& technical assistance
with data entry & mailings in our Denver office
interested in volunteering with us, please send an email to
to find out how you can help Rock the Earth!
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Rich Goodstone Rocks the Earth: Interview
Goodstone is co-founder of Superfly
Productions, co-creators for the highly successful
Music & Arts Festival and Vegoose
Music Festival. Since
Superfly's inception in 1996, it has developed into a full-service
production company with unique strengths in concert promotion,
event production, management services and marketing campaigns.
With offices in New Orleans and New York, Superfly has produced
successful events throughout the United States, including
the Bonnaroo Music Festival and Vegoose. Today, Bonnaroo and
its eclectic lineup of artists, staged in a bucolic setting
in Tennessee, is the nation's largest music and camping festival.
It has won accolades from its fans, (selling over 80,000 tickets
each year with no paid advertising), the industry, and the
press (Rolling Stone named it "One of the Fifty Moments
to Change the History of Rock n Roll" in 2004).
the wide range of artists who have graced the Bonnaroo stages
Matthews Band, Primus, Neil Young, Wilco, Ani DiFranco, Doc
Watson, Patti Smith, Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker, Alison
Krauss, Herbie Hancock, Gillian Welch, Yonder Mountain String
Band, Ween, Black Crowes, Mars Volta, David Byrne, Steve Winwood,
String Cheese Incident, Bob Dylan, Nellie McKay, Gomez, Beth
Orton and countless others.
Halloween, Superfly and AC Entertainment will produce the
Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than
40,000 music fans will descend on the entertainment capital
of the world for the main event at Sam Boyd Stadium and various
nighttime concerts that will take place throughout the city.
Some of the performing artists included Dave Matthews, Trey
Anastasio, Tom Petty, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident,
the Black Crowes, Ben Folds, the Roots, Guster, Galactic and
joined the Rock the Earth Advisory Board. For more information
about RtE's Advisory Board, including bios for each of the
What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most
critical at this time?
Warming is the largest environmental issue since man has lived.
Until this point, the destruction of the earth was always
under our control. As it stands now, because of our habits
and their responsibility for the destruction of our ecosystems,
we are getting to a point of no return. The issue must be
at the forefront of our generation to understand and implement
the necessary changes to reverse this trend and continue to
allow the earth
to be an inhabitable place.
What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with
really is a moral obligation for anyone who is aware to take
the time and do what you can to bring awareness to the rest
of our population. The only way for us to change as a society,
is to educate everyone we can of the issues that are facing
the earth, and in turn, the human race as it is known. It's
making a difference in yourself, others and the world is one
of the main things, along with being happy, that life is all
Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace
depends on the moment. Nature is a healing force in and of
itself and allows you to get away from the heavy energy of
man. At various point in my life it has been on the beach,
in the mountains, in my backyard with my bare feet on the
grass, or in the desert. For myself, no one place would suffice,
and that is what makes the world and all it has to offer such
a special place.
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the Earth Photo
the Earth Executive Director Marc Ross with
Rex Foundation Advisory Board Member Bill Walton
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