the Earth wants to help you end 2006 on a Green Note!
some quick tips for celebrating earth-friendly holidays:
Digital - Rationalize buying the digital camera you've
been wanting for yourself by remembering that digital
cameras produce much less waste then film cameras, especially
the disposable ones.
Merry - Use cloth napkins and real silverware instead
of disposables at
your holiday bash. Compost food waste (yes, that even
includes Aunt Edna's fruit cake).
Live - A live replantable tree will clean the air
and protect against global
warming for years to come, while that artificial petroleum-based
tree will sit in the landfill for decades to come. Don't
forget to dig a planting hole before the ground freezes!
Junk - Put junk mail and catalogs to good use by shredding
and using them as recyclable packing material instead
of non-degradable foam peanuts.
Green - Support Rock the Earth and at the same
time cross your kid
brother off the gift list by giving
him a membership to Rock the Earth.
holiday season, take advantage of the opportunity to surprise
your friends and family with a variety of holiday gift packages
from RtE that include environmentally-friendly goodies like
100% organic cotton/hemp blend shirts and tote bags,
fleece hats, CDs, DVDs, posters,
and brand-new earth pendants from Touch
of J. We are also offering the last of our
limited-edition three-poster sets by noted concert
artists Emek, Jeff Wood and Gary Houston,
valued at $250! There are only a few sets left, so
order yours NOW!
to giving a unique and eco-friendly gift, you and your loved
ones will have the satisfaction of supporting a non-profit
organization that is working hard to protect the environment
for generations to come. Your RtE gift supports our efforts
to protect beautiful and unique places like the Grand Canyon
National Park's Colorado River, and Hetch Hetchy Valley in
Yosemite National Park. As we take on new projects to defend
the planet one beat at a time, we know that we can make
a difference together by raising awareness, activism and funds
to protect our natural resources.
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Members Only Benefits
in time for the holidays!: Members receive a 20% discount
on all BASELINE
GEAR featuring merchandise from bands such
as Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, John Fogerty,
String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams, Umphrey's
McGee, Santana, Ozomatli and many others!
For information on how to take advantage of this Members-only
benefit, write to membership@RockTheEarth.org.
a member of RtE? We have a special thank you gift for
our members who renew their RtE membership or purchase RtE
holiday gifts and memberships for others, so place your order
year, give your friends, family and yourself a
holiday membership package that Rocks the Earth!
Order by December 8th (for Hanukkah) or December
15th (for Christmas)
to ensure delivery before the holidays.
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Prepares to Rock the National Park Service Again
National Park Service Plans to Keep Yellowstone/Grand Teton
National Parks Open to Snowmobiles
to 2000, approximately 80,000 recreational snowmobiles were
used by visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks,
resulting in air and water quality issues, disturbance to
wildlife, and negatively impacting a significant number of
visitors who wished to explore the majesty of a few of the
finest natural places in this country in peace and solitude.
In 2000, after years of study, environmental and economic
assessments and hundreds of thousands of public comments,
the National Park Service ("NPS") banned the use
of snowmobiles in the Park Units by the winter of 2003-2004.
As a result of lawsuits by the snowmobile industry and a change
of administrations, the NPS agreed to take another look at
the issue. Despite receiving over 350,000 comments supporting
the ban (including RtE's), the NPS issued a new Rule,
overturning the ban and allowing up to 1,140 snowmobiles in
the Park Units each day.
reading this article...
more information, background, or to view RtE's prior work
on this issue, please see our Yellowstone/Grand
Teton Winter Use Project page.
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Your Planet Defender?
April of 2006, Rock the Earth presented our inaugural Planet
Defender awards to three inspirational defenders of the ideals
that Rock the Earth believes in. These winners - Jack Johnson
in the "Rocker" category, Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky
Anderson in the "Community Leader" category, and
Healing Harvest Forest Foundation's Jason Rutledge in the
"Grassroots Activist" category - were chosen from
among dozens of nominations made by Rock the Earth members
we will once again put out a call for nominations of those
individuals who embody Rock the Earth's mission of Defending
the Planet One Beat at a Time. Keep an eye out for those folks
who you feel are helping to protect our planet's most precious
places, and nominate them for the prestigious Planet Defender
Award. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2007.
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the Key of Green: Purchase for
holiday season is often an angst-ridden time for the environmentally-
and socially-conscious shopper. Is my purchase contributing
to damaging practices? Do I wrap my gifts in paper that will
be thrown away? Our friends at Co-Op America have come up
with a great holiday Green
Gifts Catalog. By purchasing from the Green
Gifts Catalog, you'll be sure to support companies and products
with the least amount of negative impact on our planet. Of
course, you can also keep in the family and purchase a gift
membership to Rock the Earth!
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Jamfest 2007 to Benefit Rock the Earth
Jamfest 2007 tour features a dizzying array
of live music playing in the Southeast's premiere music venues.
In its third consecutive year of existence, the tour is sponsored
by Terrapin Beer Co. and will instill the principle of being
in tune with your taste. The '07 Jamfest will give back to
lovers of live music (and great beer) by providing an unforgettable
concert-going experience of days-gone-by, where fans will
enjoy multi-band bills at affordable prices.
Beer co-founder, John Cochran, is excited to "take the
summer festival atmosphere/vibe and keep it alive during the
winter months. Since we had so much fun last year, we can't
wait to be in tune with your taste again!"
of the proceeds from Winter Jamfest 2007 will benefit The
Big House Foundation and Rock the Earth.
on tour will treat fans to eclectic music from Rock to Electronica,
exploring the spectrum of genres that are seen on all ends
of the festival circuit. The traveling "mini-festival"
will kickoff in early January and should not be missed. People
who enjoy the concept of summer festivals will certainly appreciate
all aspects of Winter Jamfest 2007
great bands, delicious
micro-brew and charitable causes.
Moonshine Still (MsS), Pnuma Trio, The Bridge,
U-melt, Captain Soularcat, Old Union,
Elemental Harmonics, The Loft, Fusebox Funk,
Aerial 2012, LooneyMill, Traveling North,
Big City Sunrise
Number Five, Dirty Digits, Obeah
01.11 | Beta Bar | Tallahassee, FL (MsS, Traveling
01.12 | Freebird Live | Jacksonville, FL (Fusebox Funk, MsS,
01.13 | Skipper's | Tampa, FL (MsS, Traveling North, Obeah)
01.18 | Exit/In | Nashville, TN (MsS, Old Union, The Loft,
01.19 | Jupiter | Tuscaloosa, AL (MsS, Looney Mill, Old Union,
01.20 | The Georgia Theatre | Athens, GA (MsS, Pnuma Trio,
The Bridge, DJ Number Five)
01.27 | Zydeco | Birmingham, AL (MsS, Looney Mill, Old Union,
02.01 | Lincoln Theatre | Raleigh, NC (MsS, The Bridge, U-Melt,
Dirty Digits, Obeah)
02.02 | Soapbox | Wilmington, NC (MsS, The Bridge, U-Melt,
Dirty Digits, Obeah)
02.03 | Ziggy's | Winston-Salem, NC (MsS, The Bridge, U-Melt,
Dirty Digits, Obeah)
02.09 | Barley's | Knoxville, TN (MsS, Dirty Digits)
02.10 | Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA (MsS, Captain Soularcat,
Aerial 2012, DJ Number Five, Dirty Digits)
02.16 | Neighborhood Theatre | Charlotte, NC (MsS, Elemental
Harmonics, U-Melt, Obeah)
02.17 | The Orange Peel | Ashville, NC (MsS, Pnuma Trio, U-Melt,
DJ Number Five, Obeah)
02.22 | The French Quarter | Statesboro, GA (MsS, Big City
Sunrise, Dirty Digits, Obeah)
02.23 | The Pour House | Charleston, SC (Pnuma, MsS, Dirty
02.24 | The Pour House | Charleston, SC (MsS, Pnuma, Dirty
For more info about the Winter Jamfest
2007 tour visit www.myspace.com/winterjamfest.
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Densmore Rocks the Earth: Interview
Densmore was a founding member of the legendary
rock group The Doors. With fellow Doors Jim Morrison, Ray
Manzarek and Robby Krieger, Densmore developed a daring synthesis
of rock, pop, jazz, world music and visionary poetry that
remains unrivaled. More than 35 years after Morrisons
death, he continues to advance the bands legacy, along
with Manzarek and Krieger, via a wealth of new music projects,
reissues and memoirs. His autobiography, Riders on the
Storm, was on the New York Times bestseller list in 1991.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
adoration of jazz and his insatiable hunger for global sounds
prompted the birth of his current project, Tribaljazz. This
enticing ensembles self-titled debut album (on Hidden
Beach Recordings) brings his classic and contemporary pursuits
together no more so than on their grooving, soulful
rendition of the Doors classic Riders on the Storm.
Densmore has also expanded the global reach of his music by
collaborating with Persian-music master Reza Derakshani, producing
and playing on the latter's album, Ray of the Wine.
John is very proud of these achievements, he takes great satisfaction
in giving back to those who inspired him along the way. He
was a major supporter for Amnesty International for several
years in the 70s. He has been actively involved
in the ecology movement for twenty years. African-American
musicians were his mentors, so he has set up a scholarship
fund at UCLA for minority students. He has been made an honorary
member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota for
setting up a propane fund after the "worst winter in
recorded history" (1997).
environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical
at this time?
all the environmental issues (air, water, soil) to be crucial
and inseparable. Pollution effects all of them, which effects
all of us. So, obviously, we need to clean up all the environmental
problems because we live here. I don't adhere to the Omni
magazine byline, "The weak shall inherit the Earth, the
rest of us shall go to the stars." Whoever wants can
go to the stars. I'm staying here and I don't want to live
in a dump site.
has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your
Art reflects culture and if your culture is polluted, your
art will be. If you can nurture along political ideas in your
art without preaching, that's a good thing. Or, if you just
clean up your own back yard, you're doing your part. Being
a public personality, I like showing an example of someone
who is conscious about the trash I leave behind.
is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?
it be a hike in the mountains or along the Pacific Ocean (the
most powerful force on Earth according to the North American
Native population), nature calms my psyche and has always
healed my soul.
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Rockin the Earth with Family: Photo
Staffer Kurt Klapkowski at the beach with son, Myles, and