Victory on the Roan Plateau!
Court strikes down Bush administration BLM plan to drill on Roan Plateau
Since 2005, Rock the Earth has been working hard to protect Colorado’s Roan Plateau – conducting an ongoing, nation-wide educational campaign to activate music fans all over the country to take action to protect this hidden gem, and we’ve even gone so far as to sue the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over their plan to allow for massive drilling in this sensitive area.
Last month, we received some amazing news! The Roan now has a new lease on life thanks to a federal court ruling Friday, June 22, setting aside the BLM plan
that would have allowed oil and gas companies to drill thousands of wells on 55,000 acres of the Roan
Getting Barenaked in the Hot Summer Sun
When the month of July started, we were just finishing up a nine-show run with the Dave Matthews Band as part of Reverb’s green village. Since 2004, Rock the Earth has worked with DMB more than any other band partner – more than 70 concerts – and getting back into the Warehouse with DMB and their fans was amazing as ever. Then it was onto the Last Summer on Earth Tour featuring long-time RtE partners, Barenaked Ladies, with Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Cracker. Criss-crossing the mid-west and finally heading down south to Florida, the Last Summer on Earth tour let us develop new relationships including with Jim Creeggan, bassist for Barenaked Ladies who interacted with us on this tour quite a bit and even got the band to sign some of our limited Rock the Earth Summer Tour 2012 posters. Stay tuned to the RtE website or a future edition of Rock the Earth Notes where we’ll be announcing some charity auctions of these rare posters.
Fans from both tours have treated us kindly and have definitely taken an interest in our petition to stop Mountain Top Removal coal mining. Currently over 2,500 people have become mountain heroes – we're half way toward reaching our goal of 5,000!
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Still Rockin’ to Protect Browns Canyon and Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining
As noted in the June edition of Rock the Earth Notes, this Summer Rock the Earth is focused on two major projects: the permanent monument protection for Colorado’s Browns Canyon, and stopping the incredibly destructive practice known as Mountain Top Removal Mining.
Summer is only half over and hundreds of music fans across the country have taken a stand to support our efforts on these two important issues. As we continue to tour the country, both of these issues are at the top of our list of activation projects, and if you haven’t already taken action, YOU can NOW!
As a reminder, you can be a Mountain Hero and join the fight to save mountains, waters, and communities in Appalachia now, by adding your photo to our online “Mountain Heroes” photo petition. For more information and to join our photo petition by uploading a photo of yourself, along with a short message about why you want to stop mountaintop removal mining, visit www.earthjustice.org/mtr. Then share the petition with your friends, and help us spread the word and recruit more allies. Together, we can save mountains!
You can also take a stand for permanent monument protection for Browns Canyon (and register to win a free, two-day overnight rafting trip for two, courtesy of Wilderness Aware Rafting). For more information about what you can do to preserve this amazing place, GO HERE.
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Key of Green: Green Your Water Use!
Key of Green: Green Your Water Use!
According to the EPA (www.epa.gov/greenhomes/ConserveWater.htm), a standard American household uses up to 260 gallons of water on a daily basis. With a little effort, you could cut that number in half! Consider some of the following tips on how to green your water usage:
- Take shorter showers and use a low-flow showerhead. Both will save multiple gallons of water, and will lower your electricity bill.
- Make sure any water leaks in your home or office (faucets, pipes, etc.) are taken care of as quickly as possible. A single leak can mean gallons wasted every day.
- Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, doing dishes, or performing other activities using water. A faucet aerator will also help reduce your water usage.
- Don’t water your lawn excessively - it not only wastes water, overwatering can adversely affect both your lawn and pocketbook. Better yet, compost the lawn and grow plants you can eat instead!
- Did you know that your toilet often uses more water than anything else in your house? Use one that is water-efficient and only flush when absolutely necessary (use the adage “If it’s brown, flush it down; if it’s yellow, let it mellow”).
To calculate your own water footprint, visit www.waterfootprint.org.
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RtE July Auctions
Well, it’s mid-summer and lots of artists have come forward to support Rock the Earth by signing LIMITED EDITION MEMORABELIA to help support our advocacy and education efforts! This month, we’ll be auctioning off rare, signed prints from: Jack Johnson, The String Cheese Incident, The Avett Brothers, ALO, Fitz & the Tantrums, Dispatch, Skrillex, John Butler Trio, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and many more! GO HERE to bid, but HURRY, the auctions close on August 2!
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Rock the Earth Member Benefits: Live Nation Store
As a member of RtE, you get a 20% discount on merchandise from hundreds of your favorite artists at the Live Nation Store (www.store.livenation.com). You can find music, clothing and posters for lots of RtE band partners including the Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, John Butler Trio, Umphrey’s McGee, Ozzy Osbourne, Keller Williams, and more! The Live Nation Store even has a Green Gear That Rocks section.
To see a list of all Rock the Earth membership benefits go here!
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Do you have some time on your hands to dedicate to a great nonprofit? Rock the Earth is only able to accomplish all that we have, since 2004, due to the dedication of generous, talented and passionate volunteers. Each year, over 100 people donate over 10,000 volunteer hours to Rock the Earth! You could be one of us!
We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with the following positions:
- Rock the Earth Website Webmaster and/or Website Development
- Rock the Earth Notes Monthly Newsletter Coordinator
- Late Summer Tour Intern (Sept.-Oct.)
- Washington, D.C. /Baltimore Volunteer Coordinator
If interested in any of these positions, please write to email@example.com.
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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:
Abby Puckhaber, Abigail Blust, Alex Daue, Allison Kruk, Andrea West, Andrew Ferguson, Angela DiBartolomeo, Ashley Wall, Axel Tomac, Chelsea Collison, Christiana Key, Colin Robinson, Cori Helms, Creighton Hofeditz, Gabrielle Masucci, Jennifer Dickenson, Jeremy Mason, Justin Spony, Kevin O'Donohue, Lauren Moody, Lena Spadacene, Lindsey Levick, Mackenzie Broeren, Morgan Gantz, Natalie Wade, Paige Lakin, Robbie Skorge, Scott Pierce, Sierra Quiros, Susan Honig, and Lisa Shara.
What Rocks Your Earth: Cherub
Cherub is a sexy, avante garde, electro-pop duo that is the dance love-child of 80’s funk and pop-music from the future. The members of Cherub, Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, share a love for honest original music and vibrant live performance. Cherub’s music is a fresh electrified take on risqué pop music that brings to mind timeless artists like Prince, and Zapp & Roger, and more contemporary artists like Pharrel, and The Dream. Their new album, Mom & Dad, works the early-era Prince hard but combines some low-end throb that booms with an infectious hook-filled energy.
What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical at this time?
Cutting out all the unnecessary trash we use and throw away. So really, leaving less of a footprint on the earth, especially at music festivals.
What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with music?
The issues we care about influence our music by keeping us present and aware of our impact on the earth. If we trash the planet who will we play for? We also hope to tour in a biodiesel bus eventually so we can continue to reduce our impact while on the road.
Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?
The Rocky Mountains outside Denver, Colorado, beside our favorite creek.