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Rock the Earth Newsletter October 2012

» Conservation Groups Challenge Power Line Planned to Bisect Prized National Park Lands
» What a Journey It’s Been – Summer Tour 2012 Wraps Up
»Frack Free Colorado Rally – Oct. 23 – Denver

» Rock the Earth Fall Fundraiser
» Leaders Needed
»Key of Green: Greening your travel … Rock the Earth sustainably!

»  New Member Gift – Pendants – Back by Popular Demand!
» Membership Has its Benefits
» Volunteer Jam
» What Rocks Your Earth? Israel Nebeker (Blind Pilot)

Conservation Groups Challenge Power Line Planned to Bisect Prized National Park Lands

Susquehanna-Roseland line through NJ, PA not even needed

For the third time in Rock the Earth’s short history, we’ve sued the federal government over the protection of public lands. In our latest lawsuit (filed earlier this month), Rock the Earth along with several conservation groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania filed suit in federal court challenging approval by the National Park Service of a high-voltage electrical transmission line that would cut directly through popular national park lands.


The suit against the NPS challenges the agency’s approval and environmental review of the 500-kilovolt (kV) Susquehanna-Roseland transmission line through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River, and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (collectively, the “Parks”).  Despite NPS’s governing mandate to protect the National Park System and to prevent impairment to park resources, the NPS has authorized a project that the agency acknowledges will have serious and enduring impacts on the Parks


“This decision by the Park Service will permanently scar the landscape and degrade the visitor experience in some of the most visited national parks in the country,” said Hannah Chang, attorney for the public interest environmental law firm Earthjustice, representing the conservation groups in the lawsuit along with the New Jersey based non-profit Eastern Environmental Law Center. “And what’s worse, the damage from constructing and operating this 500-kV electric transmission line on nearly 200-foot-tall towers through these treasured places is unnecessary.  Serious questions have been raised about the need for this project.”

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What a Journey It’s Been – Summer Tour 2012 Wraps Up

As the summer winds down, so does the 9th Rock the Earth Summer Tour. Over the past several months, we've braved all the elements had to offer and gotten to see some of this amazing country. On our last leg of touring we've been to the plains of the Midwest, gotten to see the changing of the leaves in New York and Maine, braved the humidity of the gulf in Alabama, and ventured over the rolling hills of the Ozarks. Not to mention we've also gotten to see some of this country's most amazing venues! The touring crew would like to thank all those who have made this summer possible.

 Included in our final tour leg was a trip down south following Journey. Journey and their amazing crew have been kind to us – they even signed some of our 2012 Rock the Earth Summer Tour posters … be sure to look for them in online auctions! After our final date with Journey in Little Rock, AR, we then proceeded on to our last festival for the summer, Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival, where we had the opportunity to make one last Mountain Heroes petition push, while taking in the great sounds of the host band, along with Leftover Salmon, Punch Brothers, The Jayhawks, Cornmeal, Elephant Revival, Dumpstaphunk, and many others!


Meanwhile, our Colorado crew continued to sign folks up to Protect Browns Canyon. This past month saw us participating in Denver’s Green Spaces Festival and partnering with Jason Mraz, Melissa Etheridge, Dr. Dog, Dinosaur, Jr., and at a couple shows by long-time Rock the Earth supporters Hot Buttered Rum.


It’s been a great summer and we want to thank all of you who came to speak with us, signed up for membership or to be on the mailing list, and participated in one of our two campaigns.


Over the course of the summer, we worked over 80 concert dates on the road, gaining over 1,300 direct Mountain Heroes for Earthjustice, while we also worked over 50 concert dates in Colorado alone, signing up over 1,500 people to want to see permanent Monument protection for Browns Canyon!  Speaking of which, thanks to prizes donated by Wilderness Aware Rafting and Patagonia, Craig Zeller was randomly selected to win a 2-day, overnight trip down the Arkansas River in 2013, while Michael Hillmann and Carol Lyn won a Patagonia Prize Pack just for voicing their support for Browns Canyon!


We’d like to take a moment to thank our ROCK STAR Tour Coordinators Colin Robinson and Morgan Gantz, as well as our rockin’ interns who made all of this citizen education and engagement possible:  Chelsea Collison, Kaley Gay, Jeremy Mason, Gabrielle Masucci, Steven Mumblo, Azaria Posik, Abby Puckhaber, Lauren Szudarek,  and Axel Tomac. We’d also like to thank all of the bands with whom we worked as well as the promoters (especially AEG Live and LiveNation), plus our friends in Reverb for inviting us to do our thing at several of their shows. Last, but not least, we’d like to thank Liz Judge and Earthjustice, and Lindsey Levick and The Wilderness Society for giving us the opportunity to partner this past summer!     


We’re so excited to see you all next summer as we keep Rocking the Earth!

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Frack Free Colorado Rally – Oct. 23 – Denver

Save Colorado’s Water and Our Public Health!

Enjoy a free concert, world-renowned speakers, and some good ole fashioned protesting & solutions for saving ourselves from fracking!  Join us!!  WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE SO THAT GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER TAKES NOTICE!!




Jakob Dylan & Rami Jaffee from The Wallflowers
Members of Elephant Revival (plus special guests)
Daryl Hannah
Mariel Hemingway
Sandra Steingraber, Scientist & Author, Raising Elijah
Anandagiri, global spiritual teacher and wisdom leaderXiuhtezcatl of the Earth Guardians
Leilani Münter, Car Racing's Carbon Free Girl
Russell Mendell, Mass Current
Wendy Leonard, Erie Rising
Sam Schabacker, Food & Water Watch
Shane Davis, Fractivist
Kristen Iversen, author
And more!

Thanks to our sponsors: Patagonia, Prana, Black Diamond, Backpacker's Pantry, Backbone Media, New Belgium, Vibrant Planet, Conscious Global Leadership, The Invisible Spark, Lighthouse Solar, and 1% for the Planet!


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Rock the Earth Fall Fundraiser

On Saturday, November 3, the Rock the Earth Board and Volunteer Staff will be gathering in Denver and YOU are invited. During the evening, you’ll have your chance to hear what the organization has been up to, meet the Staff, and enjoy some great tunes. Thanks to the generosity of Vine Street Pub and Brewery, we’ll be kicking back with some wonderful beverages from Sixpoint Brewery and some food donated by Rio Grande and Vine Street. Daniella Katzir (Magnolia Row), Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon), Dave Divine and Bill Larson will be setting the mood with some acoustic music. We’ll also be conducting a Silent Auction featuring rock memorabilia, concert tickets, outdoor gear, artwork, gift certificates to local restaurants and shops, and other fantastic items, so don’t forget to bring your checkbook!  It’s going to be a very exciting night, so we hope that you’ll join us!

Date:  Saturday, November 3

Time:  8 to 11 p.m.

Where:  Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 1700 Vine Street, Denver, Colorado

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Leaders Needed

Think you have what it takes to Defend the Planet One Beat at a Time? Interested in becoming a leader in one of the most exciting organizations in the music scene AND environmental movement? We’re looking for folks with experience in a variety of areas (Nonprofit, Environmental Law, PR, Member Relations, Education, Fundraising) who have a passion for environmental protection and have proven leadership skills. All positions are volunteer, but the rewards are immeasurable. To learn more about how you can help and get involved, write to

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Key of Green: Greening your travel … Rock the Earth sustainably!

Experiencing the wilderness and sharing in live music are two things RtE members love to do. Unfortunately, the travel involved in both these activities can lead to a large amount of energy consumption. Here are some ways to help make our enjoyment of the planet and its music more sustainable:


  1. Consider taking the train!  Especially if you are travelling in the northeastern U.S. Amtrak’s trains in the Northeast run on electricity, and are the cleanest rail option. So consider a trip to New York, Boston, or Washington, D.C. Remember kids, trains can be fun! Visit
  2. Consider a bus trip!  Taking the bus will cut your carbon footprint in half, even compared with a hybrid car … taking a bus instead of flying can cut your emissions by 75 percent. Visit, Greyhound, Trailways.
  3. If you decide to drive yourself, plan to avoid driving during peak traffic hours, because traffic congestion boosts emissions. Also, don’t forget to properly inflate your tires to optimize mileage.
  4. If you do fly to a festival or a national park, consider renting or bringing a bike instead of renting a car.
  5. While travelling, support sustainable local businesses. Check these websites: for shops and activities, for certified eco restaurants, and for farmers’ markets.
  6. If you head to a National Park, be sure to patronize – and give a word of appreciation to – those concessioners who are making the effort to implement sustainable practices. For example, at the Grand Canyon, Xanterra now runs the Grand Canyon Railway on clean burning waste vegetable oil obtained from kitchens run by the companyin the Park. In Yosemite, Delaware North has implemented the use of a composting facility for recycling the organic waste its concessions generate.  Be sure and check out the GreenLine newsletter, for information on the efforts being made in the national parks to make our experience of the beauty and wonder of the parks as sustainable as possible.
  7. Going to see music? If we are there, be sure and stop by the Rock the Earth table and tell us how you Rocked the Earth by travelling green!

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New Member Gift – Pendants – Back by Popular Demand!

Well, it’s been a few years since we commissioned glass artist Jason Garrett (a/k/a Touch of J studios) to create one-of-a-kind glass pendants of our iconic Earth Note, but with the changing of the seasons and holiday shopping starting already, we figured now was the right time!  Each unique, dichroic glass pendant is approximately 1.25” in diameter and strung with a thin Greek leather cord necklace and sturdy, hypoallergenic, sterling silver plated metal clasp. These wearable art pieces are available for new and renewing members at the $75 level of membership.
We have only have a limited number and it might be another few years before we resurrect this popular membership gift again!

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Membership Has its Benefits

Did you know that in addition to providing direct support for over a dozen environmental projects, your membership in Rock the Earth gives you these rockin’ benefits?


·  Discounted Merchandise from RtE and your favorite bands through our newsletter and website

·  Reduced prices on select concert and festival tickets

·  20% discount on BAMBOOSA 100% bamboo products (

·  20% off ECO-EXPRESS gift baskets ( (or donate 20% of all full-priced orders to Rock the Earth by designating donation in comments section of each order)

·  20% discount on TREE GREETINGS (

·  20% discount on merchandise from YOUR TRUE NATURE  (

·  10% discount on merchandise from THE FADED LINE CLOTHING COMPANY (

· 15% discount on discount on merchandise from hundreds of your favorite artists at the LIVE NATION STORE  (

· 10% discount from Relix Magazine (

·  FREE Membership to eCONSCIOUS MARKET ( and get regular discounts to green products (a $30 value)

·  Use code RTE2012 at check out and get 5% off Wear Your Music ( items (except Artist items) and they will match another 5% as a donation to Rock the Earth

· The opportunity to purchase rare music memorabilia donated to RtE


To find out how you can take advantage of these Members-Only benefits, write to

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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:  Abigail Blust, Alex Sonnenberg, Axel Tomac, Colin Robinson, Cori Helms, David Malavenda, Ellen Rohan, Emily Workman, Gabrielle Masucci, Jeremy Mason, Justin Spony, Kevin O'Donohue, Lauren Szudarek, Lindsey Levick, Mackenzie Broeren, Michael Dilonno, Morgan Gantz, Nathan Brady, Robbie Skorge, Steven Mumblo, Susan Honig, Tyler Benson, Zach Owens, and Lisa Shara.

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What Rocks Your Earth? Israel Nebeker (Blind Pilot)

Israel Nebeker is the primary singer/songwriter and guitar player in Blind Pilot. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel and Ryan Dobrowski (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues.


The band now exists as a six-piece ensemble featuring fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet). We Are The Tide (2011), Blind Pilot’s sophomore album, follows the band’s grassroots break-out debut release, 3 Rounds and a Sound, which has sold over 65,000 units to date and was featured in NPR’s “Best Music of 2008” roundup.  


In the years since its inception, the band has toured with various world-renowned musicians including The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Laura Viers and Andrew Bird, and appeared at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Additionally, their music has appeared in recent episodes of “Chuck,” “Covert Affairs” and “One Tree Hill.”


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


There are local issues important to where I live, like carelessness with our natural landscapes and species, the state of our food systems and so on, but everything is connected of course, and I find it impossible to tease out the one environmental issue that is the most critical on its own. There is a lot of backwardness in the way we are living today, in our priorities, and in what we think we need and are entitled to. On the other hand, all that is becoming blindingly obvious and more and more people are therefore working hard to change it. To me what is most critical boils down to the course humanity has set for itself, and whether or not we are capable of purposefully steering it as a whole, together and with intention.



What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with music?


We care about the environment and we care about music. When we can combine the two in any way, it's inspiring to us. We've been a part of helping environmental organizations, individually and with our band, but the major event of activism in our band's history was of course the way our band got started, touring by bicycle. It was a perfect way to say something important to us without alienating people that aren't on board yet, because all we had to do was pedal.



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


My favorite thing is seeing and standing in breathtaking nature and just being silenced by it. We've gotten to travel so much as a band and I'm really grateful to have seen a lot of beautiful places. The place that resonates in me most though, is where I grew up on the coast of Oregon. It's where I became me and it's where I feel most like I'm a part of everything. It's kind of beautiful how strong our sense of place is as humans, and how just about everywhere is someone's most important place.

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