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» The Roan Plateau Still Needs Our Help
» In The Key of Green: Waterwise Gardening
» Bobby-roo!
» Win a Piece of Bonnaroo History
» Battle for Colorado River goes to Court
» Rock the Earth Is Hiring!
» On the Road Again

» Become a Member and Follow Our Tour
» "Eye of Gaia" Now Available for Members at $100!
» Volunteer with Rock the Earth this Summer
» Carpool to All Good
» Dubconscious' Adrian Zelski Rocks the Earth: Interview
Rockin' the Earth at Bonnaroo: Photo

The Roan Plateau Still Needs Our Help

The Roan Plateau in Western Colorado is currently threatened by a federal proposal to allow the drilling of thousands of new natural gas wells. Last September, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed management plan. The plan emphasizes oil and gas development over the Roan Plateau's other public and traditional uses, to the degree that other uses, including substantial environmental protection and preservation, will be irrevocably compromised. Rock The Earth, elected state officials, and other organizations submitted formal protest documents in October 2006. These documents specify how the plan does not meet legal and technical standards, or reflect reasonably available approaches for satisfying community stakeholder demands for multiple uses of the land, including environmental protection required to preserve sustainability of these multiple uses. Despite these formal protests, on June 8, 2007, BLM issued its Record of Decision (ROD), unchanged from the proposed plan issued in September 2006, which would immediately open up most of the Roan Plateau's public lands to oil and gas leasing and development.

The flight is not over, and you can help. In May, John Salazar and Mark Udall, Colorado members of the U.S. House of Representatives, publicly called upon BLM to impose a one-year moratorium on oil and gas exploration on top of the Roan Plateau, and to reopen the plan to reconsider alternative land management strategies that will best meet the demands of all stakeholders. They submitted to Congress a request to block funding, effectively prohibiting BLM from leasing the Roan Plateau through September 2008. This funding limitation request must still be passed as part of the Department of Interior's appropriations bill, and -- once enacted -- would only prohibit leasing of Roan Plateau for one fiscal year. Nonetheless, this is a tremendous step toward permanent protection of the Roan Plateau's unmatched open spaces, critical habitat, backcountry, and wilderness-quality lands. Please contact your Representative and Senators to let them know you support wilderness protection for the Roan Plateau and the one-year moratorium proposed by Congressmen Mark Udall and John Salazar. Rock The Earth supports this effort and, in collaboration with Colorado Environmental Coalition and associated organizations, is considering alternatives to address the issue should the congressional measure fail.

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In The Key of Green: Waterwise Gardening

The days are longer, flowers are blooming, grass is growing, and temperatures are rising - summer is here! In the summer our lawns and gardens tend to need more water to grow and thrive, but this is also the time when water, a valuable commodity, is often taken for granted. Landscape, lawn and garden plants tend to gain value over time, so the last thing you want is to lose your plants due to lack of water, but you also don't want to overuse a limited resource. There are many things you can do in your garden to reduce water use and waste.

  • Plant native vegetation. These plants are already acclimated to your environment, so they can withstand periods of drought conditions.
  • Place plants with similar water needs near one another. There is no need to water a succulent garden as often as a vegetable patch.
  • Reduce the amount of grass lawn in your yard with flower beds. If you choose to keep your lawn, mow it high to reduce water loss and consider not watering it.
  • Make sure you have healthy soil. The use of organic matter, often added in the form of compost, is a good step towards great soil.
  • Water early in the morning or late at night. If you water in the middle of the day, not only will evaporation occur, but plant leaves may get burned.
  • Install a drip irrigation system or use soaker hoses. These are more efficient water delivery methods than sprinklers.
  • When you do water, make sure you water deep. Root systems will grow larger and deeper and will be able to uptake more water.
  • Use mulch on flower beds to retain water. Try to utilize mulch made out of locally recycled materials.

The Watersaver Home website has more great information about saving water and ideas on how to have beautiful gardens. Watch your garden thrive with less water and show your neighbors that they too can have a waterwise garden too.

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RtE Interview with Bob Weir at Bonnaroo 2007
Photo by Butch Worrell

For the second time in as many years, Rock the Earth played a significant role in programming at Bonnaroo, the grand-daddy of all U.S. festivals! In the sixth year of Bonnaroo, 80,000 tickets were sold and fans from around the world flocked to witness the most diverse line-up to date. 2007 headliners included the classic rock of The Police, the alternative sound of Tool, and current jamband kings Widespread Panic. Also on the line-up were bands as diverse as Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Mavis Staples, Dierks Bentley, The Hold Steady, DJ Shadow, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Franz Ferdinand, Paolo Nutini, The White Stripes, and many more.

Photo by Parry Ernsberger

Rock the Earth created much of the programming for the Solar Stage in Planet Roo, the village dedicated to preserving the environment and promoting sustainable and healthy living. Nonprofit organizations, eco-friendly vendors and performers on the Solar Stage gathered to interact and educate the public about what we can all do to protect our planet's health. Rock the Earth held a series of panel discussions, artist interviews and musical performances on the Solar Stage each day, all centered around the theme of "Social Change Through Music." Moderated by Rock the Earth Executive Director, Marc Ross, the sessions explored the synergies between the artists that create music and its interconnectedness to the environment and the world around us.

RtE Interview with Warren Haynes
Photo by Annabel Lukins

Friday kicked off with an interview with Rock the Earth Advisory Board Member Michael Franti, followed by a panel discussion with Hunter Brown, David Murphy and Jeffree Lerner (STS9), Trevor Garrod (Tea Leaf Green), Lindsay Guetschow (Stop Global Warming), and Justin Baker (Conscious Alliance). Saturday's panel had Michael Kang and Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident), Naomi White (Susan G. Komen for the Cure), Peter Shapiro (Green Apple Music Festival), and Andy Bernstein (Headcount), followed by an interview and musical performance on the Sonic Stage with Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule). Later, the NYC-based band Haale performed and sat down with Marc for more discussion on the conscious power of music. Sunday began with the keynote of the weekend, a 45-minute one-on-one interview of legendary guitarist, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Ratdog). Later, Marc hosted another panel on Social Change Through Music with John Butler, Adrian Zelski (Dubconscious), Chris Baumgartner (Music Matters), Anna Borofsky (Clean Vibes), Brendon Smyth (Grist), and Carrie Lewis (Humane Society). Closing out the busy weekend was a music performance and interview with the band Dubconscious.

Social Change Through Music Panel - Photo by Jennifer Kirk

It was a powerful weekend for Rock the Earth and our mission to defend the planet one beat at a time. Hundreds of folks came through the Rock the Earth booth over the course of the festival and many more were inspired by the artists and activists who participated in the discussions! Special thanks to Chris Crowell, Nick Algee, James Gooch, Rich Goodstone and the kind folks from Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment who, once again, gave Rock the Earth the exclusive opportunity to head up these efforts and the resources to run with it. We are already talking about next year and Rock the Earth is looking forward to being involved in Bonnaroo 2008!

For a brief video from Stop Global Warming featuring RtE Executive Director go here and select the video on Rock the Earth.

Another video highlighting our efforts can be seen here.

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Win a Piece of Bonnaroo History

You, too, can collect a bit of Bonnaroo history by bidding on a rare copy of Rock the Earth’s Summer Tour 2007 poster, signed and numbed by artist Ryan Kerrigan and also signed by each of the musical artists who participated in the “Social Change Through Music “ interviews, panel discussions and performances. Help us to “defend the planet one beat at a time” by bidding on this unique item.

Go here to start bidding.

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Battle for Colorado River goes to Court

On May 25, 2007, attorneys for Rock the Earth, River Runners for Wilderness, Wilderness Watch and Living Rivers filed our opening round of briefs in our battle to protect the Colorado River corridor through Grand Canyon National Park. Rock the Earth challenged the plan just days after it was finalized in March, 2006.

In the initial challenge, the coalition stated that the Colorado River Plan inequitably allocates "use on the Colorado River between private commercial concessionaires and non-commercial users. The 2006 ROD and CRMP give preferential treatment to commercial concessionaires and users who can afford to pay for guided trips down the Colorado River by giving them guaranteed access to the Colorado River during the high demand summer season. In contrast, members of the public who cannot afford to pay for or do not wish to take a commercial trip must wait decades to gain access and, under the CRMP's lottery system, may never obtain a permit to access the Colorado River." The coalition also stated that the new River Plan illegally authorizes "motorboat use and helicopter passenger exchanges at levels that have caused, and continue to cause, adverse impacts and impairment to the wilderness character and natural resources of the Colorado River corridor."

Two groups (Grand Canyon River Outfitters Trade Association and the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association) have intervened in the litigation in support of the present inequitable allocation, including resisting wilderness protection for the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The May 25, 2007, brief will be followed by a response/opening brief by the Park Service due August 3, 2007. The coalition will then file a response/reply, which must be submitted by September 3, 2007, with a reply by the National Park Service on or before October 3, 2007. The documents filed May 25, 2007, including a history of river management and a review of the issues in question, have been posted here.

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Rock the Earth Is Hiring!

If you have nonprofit development experience and would like to help Rock the Earth protect important natural areas like the Roan Plateau and Grand Canyon, we're hiring a new Part-Time Development Director for our Denver Office. If you have experience in the areas of development, grant writing, donor cultivation, corporate sponsorships and special events, you may be an ideal candidate to join our growing organization. A full job description, list of desired qualifications, and instructions on how to apply for the position can be found here.

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On the Road Again

RtE at Bonnaroo - Photo by Parry Ernsberger

For the third year in a row, Rock the Earth started our tour at Summer Camp - moe.'s Memorial Day Festival at the Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. During the same holiday weekend, RtE volunteers worked Strange Creek Festival in Massachusetts. Following that weekend, we made our way to Gov't Mule's Mountain Jam at Hunter Mountain, NY before heading to the grand-daddy of them all -- Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN (see above).

Joining RtE Executive Director, Marc Ross, on tour for Rock the Earth this summer are eight enthusiastic and inspired interns: Jennifer Biederman, Parry Ernsberger, Leah Festa, Amiee Maxwell, Marissa Stern, Erica Meza, Sarah Tell and Stephanie Mansolf. We couldn't be more pleased with the quality of students and recent graduates that will be representing RtE this summer!

Coming up are stints on the Indigo Girls tour, a large part of the Vans' Warped Tour, a few dates with Ozzfest, several shows on the swansong tour by the String Cheese Incident, and a return to the Allman Brothers Band tour - a tour in 2006 in which RtE enjoyed record success. In addition to work with these artists, RtE will also be at several festivals this summer including High Sierra Music Festival, 10,000 Lakes Festival, All Good Festival, and Gathering of the Vibes.

For stories from the road, show reviews, pictures and set lists, check out our Tour Blog. For the latest news and tour dates, see the RtE website.

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Become a Member and Follow Our Tour

Renew your Rock the Earth membership this summer, and take full advantage of the wonderful discounts available to 10,000 Lakes Festival and Gathering of the Vibes!

RtE has a limited number of discount tickets still available for our Members to the following festivals:

10,000 Lakes Festival - only $110 for RtE Members! A savings of nearly $50!
10KLF is held in Detroit Lakes, MN, July 18-21 at the Soo Pass Ranch, a 600-acre state-of-the-art concert and camping venue with 4 stages, vendors, activities, huge restroom facilities with running water and beautiful wooded and lakeside camping. Featuring artists such as Bob Weir & Ratdog, moe., Trey Anastasio, the Disco Biscuits, Gov't Mule and Umphrey's McGee, 10KLF is surely a festival not to be missed in 2007. Email us at for tickets.

Gathering of the Vibes - only $110 for RtE Members! A savings of $30!
In its 12th year, this festival brings a variety of music to two stages to inspire, illuminate and expand our collective consciousness. This year brings many inspirational musicians, such as Bob Weir & Ratdog, Mickey Hart Band, Los Lobos, Assembly of Dust, Martin Sexton, Railroad Earth, and many more. In a new location in Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT, with car-side camping, flush toilets, showers, playgrounds, a skate park, and over a mile of pristine beach within a short walk, this is shaping up to be the best Vibes yet! Email us at for tickets.

More Member Benefits:
20% off all products from Guayaki Yerba Mate
10% off Eco Express gift baskets
20% off Bamboosa products
20% off SCIGear merchandise
Special contests and discounts on concert tickets
To find out how you can take advantage of these Members Only benefits, write to

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"Eye of Gaia" Now Available for Members at $100!

Over the past three years, Rock the Earth has provided art by notable rock artists Emek, Gary Houston and Jeff Wood (Rock the Earth Series No. 1) at the upper end of membership premiums. This year, we are very excited to be rolling out Series No. 2, which will feature art from Justin Hampton, Jim Pollock and Jeff Wood. The first piece in this second series is now available. For a $100 donation to Rock the Earth, members will receive a signed and numbered hand-screened print (limited edition of only 500!) of noted rock poster artist Justin Hampton's "Eye of Gaia". Justin's work has been used by bands such as The Roots, Tool, Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam, Spearhead, The Killers, and many others.

"The image that I created for the 'Eye of Gaia' print was designed to reflect the current issues that humanity is facing with global warming, pollution and war by using the most direct and graphic means possible. The idea of 'Mother Nature' (or 'Gaia' in Latin) shedding a tear for the condition of the planet seemed to be the perfect fit. My intent was to not come off too 'preachy', 'apocalyptic' or 'new age' but to find a balance that coveys the message across the age/ gender/ political lines. 'Eye of Gaia' is one of my favorite prints to date, I hope you enjoy it." Justin Hampton (2007)

This unique piece is printed on 25% hemp / 75% post-consumer waste paper.

To get your copy of "Eye of Gaia" go here.

And don't forget our Rock the Earth Summer Tour poster by artist Ryan Kerrigan.

RtE Summer Tour Poster: Now available with a $25 membership donation, this beautiful poster created by artist Ryan Kerrigan is the fourth in our series of Summer Tour posters. Printed on Living Tree paper (100% hemp/flax and recycled content) the poster is hand-signed by the artist and numbered out of a series of 200.

With every contribution you receive a membership to Rock the Earth. Help us build a unified voice for the music community so we can Rock the Earth together!

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Volunteer with Rock the Earth this Summer

Rock the Earth is on the road, powered mainly by volunteers. Have you considered volunteering with Rock the Earth? You can do it from the road or at home! We have dozens of opportunities, and can certainly find one that matches your skills. Consider one of the following:

  • Tabling events
  • Coordinating volunteers
  • Fundraising & membership drives
  • Legal & technical assistance
  • Assisting with data entry & mailings in our Denver office
  • Writing press releases

If you're interested in volunteering with us, please send an email to to find out how you can help Rock the Earth! Be sure to include your city and state so we know the region of the country you live.

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Carpool to All Good

In an effort to decrease their environmental impact, the All Good Festival is partnering with Conscious Alliance, the Rex Foundation and Rock the Earth to promote carpooling. For every car arriving on site with three or more passengers, the All Good Festival will donate $1.00 to the three organizations. One carpooling vehicle will be chosen at random and all passengers will be upgraded to V.I.P. camping. Each person in carpooling vehicles will receive a raffle ticket, which will be collected at the festival Merchandise Tent. Winners will be announced by the festival MC during intermissions in the music. Prizes include but are not limited to: 2008 All Good tickets, 2007 All Good Merchandise, and artist autographed posters. Help reduce pollution this summer by carpooling to All Good and all of your festivals!

Stay tuned to our website,, and our monthly newsletter for more information about discounts for RtE Members!

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Interview with Dubconscious' Adrian Zelski

Rock the Earth caught up with Adrian Zelski, lead singer of the Athens, Georgia-based Dubconscious. Adrian has long been a champion of the environment. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in the Virginia Highlands district near downtown amongst all ethnicities, financial situations and sexual orientations, Adrian learned to be very open minded despite stereotypes of a non-progressive south. While in college in Athens, Georgia, Adrian fell in love with the music scene and at age 27, helped to found Athens' reggae/dub/afrobeat band "Dubconscious". Adrian's focus on healthy living and sustainability comes out beautifully in his work with Dubconscious, and he continues to have a profound impact on the band's fans.

What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical at this time?

All of them really, but I'll try to narrow the topic for discussion. There are a couple of issues that hit me the hardest in the Southeastern United States: the depletion of our lush natural habitat and the politics behind this degradation. I feel like water quality and native forest conservation are being overlooked in the present movement. The focus seems to be on alternative energies for cars and homes and I am very grateful for the attention that these issues are getting. But we should also consider the damming of rivers for our power and clearcutting of virgin forests for our building supplies and toilet paper as equally important.

The most critical need, realistically, in the environmental movement is obviously the leadership issue. We need to have leaders that focus on the environment first and foremost so that we can trust the direction that the environmental movement of today will take. Presently, all elected officials seem to be adhering to the old philosophy of capital resource management based on profit motive and immediate gratification. Until leaders step up, people must work with non-profits and N.G.O.'s (Non-Government Organizations) to cause a grassroots movement that will ultimately change the politics by sheer numbers rather than political debate. Conscious use of the dollar, protests, boycotts, marches, civil disobedience, and sit-ins are the ways that ignited the Civil Rights movement. Perhaps it is time for these measures to be instilled into the environmental movement.

What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your music?

Environmental activists and naturalists that inform us of the perils of our modern relationship with nature are the reason Dubconscious has chosen to include activism with the music. In fact, if it weren't for these people, Dubconscious probably would not be pushing the music to the masses. The old paradigm of sex, drugs and rock n' roll is not rewarding enough to pursue music as a profession for any of us. We all share the belief that our being on stage should be used as a collective voice for change. There is a movement growing in all parts of the world that we as a band support wholeheartedly. The possibility of being part of the enlightening of our society is a great opportunity not to be overlooked, in our opinion.

We, as a people, have come a long way in the industrial age toward creating peace and positive communication between all nations, religions, ethnicities and even the gender gap. The melting pot is stirring and it is wonderful to be a part of this dramatic social awakening. However, through our friends and inspirations, we now believe that we are at a tipping point in our relationship to nature. Our industrialized society based on capital gains over sustainability, is the plundering of the earth. Some, in fact, believe we have already gone too far. For example, a friend of mine who works with the Environmental Protection Agency to protect rivers and creeks by enforcing buffers and revitalizing water sources believes that World War III is not going to be nation against nation but, in fact, WWIII is already happening in respect to humankind and its destruction of nature. He lives each day as if the battle lines have been drawn and that moral victory will come only with sustainable living practices. I like this outlook because it means that peace is in our hands as a collective, not as a nationality or religion. This is a war with an obvious means to an end. We would need to respect all living matter from the earth's core to the sky. Each species that disappears is potential disease and a threat to the balance of our delicate ecosystem. Each catastrophe caused by man will be equaled by nature. All depleted soil and water will not provide a healthy future for anyone. Our synthetic solutions will only last so long. We must end the war on our provider, our Mother Nature.

If we can turn our power towards this cause, I believe our collective conscience will be able to sleep comfortably and not be so afraid of terror and evil. Imagine the terrorist cells hearing that we are going to stop expanding our military industrial complex and fund environmental conservation groups instead. I think that the "enemies of freedom" would have a different perception of the "civilized world" and lay down their arms. This is the idealism and hopefully materialism I hope to manifest through our music and our example. Dubconscious is committed to these causes and will always support our heroes, the environmentalists and naturalists that are on the front lines. They are the inspiration.

Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?

I love everywhere Dubconscious goes and we always try to get to the natural beauty of each region. I have a very special place in my heart for the Piedmont virgin forests of Georgia, for it is beautiful and lush beyond compare if respected. And the mountainous region of Western North Carolina calls to me in dreams and I often go there to hike and visit the oldest mountains in the world. I live in rural Georgia amongst red-tailed hawks, possums, oaks, walnut trees and an exotically green landscape. And I recently built a yurt near Asheville, NC to be a mountain getaway with nothing but a woodstove and sleeping area to get back to nature when the world is running me down. Everywhere has so much beauty though. The deserts, high plains, young mountains, islands. I wish I could be in all of them all at once.

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Rockin' the Earth at Bonnaroo: Photo

RtE Executive Director Marc Ross with Tea Leaf Green's Trevor Garrod
at the Social Change Through Music panel at Bonnaroo 2007
Photo by Jennifer Kirk

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