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Rock the Earth Newsletter July 2011

» RtE Joins New Fight to Protect Wetlands
» RtE Summer Tour: What Could Be Better Than That?
» John Butler Trio Rocks the Earth: Tour, Free Tickets & Auction

» Rockin’ New T-Shirt – Contest Winner

» Volunteer Jam
Help Wanted

» What Rocks Your Earth: Zack Smith (Rotary Downs)

RtE Joins New Fight to Protect Wetlands

It seems that about every 10 years or so the battle over wetlands heats up again. As population growth, a surging economy, and speculative developers make plans to buy up open space, wetlands, those seemingly unconnected areas inundated by water for part of the year, become the poster child for both environmentalists and developers. Are wetlands critical parts of the ecosystem entitled to environmental protection, or are they a nuisance – a barrier to building new shopping malls, housing developments and
corporate centers? A key question is whether a

proposed development needs to first obtain a federal permit under the Clean Water Act from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), or, …in other words, whether the federal government has jurisdiction over the wetland in question.

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RtE Summer Tour: What Could Be Better Than That?

As June ended, Rock the Earth finished up the first leg of the My Morning Jacket tour with dates in the Pacific Northwest and headed south to Northern California for our eighth visit to the High Sierra Music Festival, where the crowd was kind and the music was amazing. Bands such as My Morning Jacket, Ween, Warren Haynes Band, Neko Case, Dr. Dog, and ALO kept music fans rockin’ all day and all night. The team had a chance to take in the beauty of the Plumas County countryside, while reuniting with old friends like long-time Rock the Earth supporter and artist Ryan Kerrigan, as well as some of our very first members.

From High Sierra, our dedicated education and outreach team headed back east to join up with the Vans Warped Tour for a short mid-west run of shows featuring bands such as Paramore, 3OH!3, Pepper, Against Me!, and Less Than Jake, before returning to Masontown, WV, for the 15th Annual All Good Festival. At All Good, Rock the Earth held another successful cell phone recycling drive and former RtE Board Member Rob Hillard moderated Rock the Earth Social Change Through Music interviews/performances with Hot Buttered Rum, and Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo on the Grassroots Stage. Aside from the RtE performances, festivarians also got to enjoy performances by Furthur, Pretty Lights, moe., Umphrey's McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, John Butler Trio, and many others!

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John Butler Trio Rocks the Earth: Tour, Free Tickets and Auction

For the third time in four years, Rock the Earth will be partnering up with Australian rocker and environmental activist, John Butler. Throughout the tour, RtE will be educating John’s fans about an issue that is near and dear to his heart: the industrial pressures to develop a special and sacred area of Australia called The Kimberley Coast. The Kimberley is a vast and sparsely populated region located on the northern coast of Western Australia. The Kimberley is home to thousands of plant and animal species, many of them highly restricted or specialized, while some are threatened, vulnerable or endangered. Meanwhile, the Kimberley coast has been targeted for oil and gas development, while the land itself has been eyed by companies for large-scale industrial development. To learn more about the Kimberley, visit Rock the Earth tables throughout the JBT tour or go to Save the Kimberley’s website.

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Rockin’ New T-Shirt – Contest Winner

Thanks to our friends at Crowd Together and contest entrant Susan Honig, Rock the Earth is proud to unveil our latest thank you gift. This beautiful new t-shirt design entitled The Cello Tree, is printed on a charcoal colored unisex organic cotton t-shirt and is now available with a donation of $35 to Rock the Earth. Thanks to all of the aspiring artists who entered the contest as well as all of you who took the time to vote. To order yours, go HERE.

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Volunteer Jam

Volunteer Jam provides an outlet to thank non-staff volunteers and supporters who have rocked it big time during the past month, and who have gone above and beyond in generous support of the Rock the Earth cause. We want to sincerely thank each of you for giving so generously of your time, and applaud you for your contributions: Susan Beam, Jenni Coopersmith, Janina Dingman, Jennifer Farthing, Dawn Fenimore, Morgan Gantz, Dina Hamaoui, Brandi Honeycutt, Susan Honig, Patrick Kramer, Allison Kruk, Ashleigh Little, Kevin O'Donohue, Kristin Pinter, Paul Rohde, Jamie Schafer, Rebecca Shufelt, Deb Shufelt and Sara Teklehaimanot.

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Help Wanted

Rock the Earth is seeking a Corporate Sponsorship Intern to assist with the research, development and implementation of a corporate sponsorship strategy. Previous experience in fundraising and corporate sponsorship requests and research is desirable but not required. Must have a clear speaking voice and be comfortable in speaking with people over the phone. Please be willing to commit a minimum of 10-15 hours per month. This position can be worked from your home and will require the use of a personal phone and computer. Small monthly stipend available to cover phone expenses. To apply, send your resume and a list of your qualifications/experience to

RtE Needs Late Summer Interns  Does your ultimate summer job include motivating a team of people to spread the word about defending the environment while attending major music festivals and concert events across the United States? If so, we invite you to apply for the role of one of our Summer Tour Intern positions! Already this summer, we have worked major parts of tours by Ray Lamontagne and My Morning Jacket, as well as great festivals like Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. There are still a lot of dates to come in August and September, and YOU could be part of the fun! For more
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What Rocks Your Earth: Zack Smith (Rotary Downs)

New Orleans photographer and musician, Zack Smith is a widely collected and published artist, gallery curator, educator and local drummer. His engaging portraits and street photography have been shown all over the South, and is featured in three books and consistently in a number of national music and culture magazines. His rock band, Rotary Downs, has played in major festivals around the U.S. and have toured extensively on the U.S. coasts.

1. What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical at this time?
I think the most critical issue is the lack of acting positively on a local level. Learn about your surrounding community's culture and ecosystem, and the way it relies on the land around it – you can do great things on larger scales by starting small.

2. What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your music?
Living and creating in New Orleans, and working through two very horrible disasters (Hurricane Katrina, and the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill) I understand that if I am going to play music in the community and culture I love, I need be active in as many positive forces of change as I can.

3. Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?
I'd have to say any surrounding south Louisiana swamp. I was born and raised all over South Louisiana, and its cultural excellence of amazing seafood, music and art can only be matched by the scenic beauty of its cypress swamps. All you need is a pirogue ("canoe" for the Yankees) and a paddle – it's pure peace.

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