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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pearl Jam Faces an Inconvenient Truth

Over the past few years, we've seen quite a few musicians stand up on heavy political issues. Bono. REM. Springsteen. Credit Sir Bob Geldoff, author of the 1980s campaign to feed a starving Ethiopia.

Now Pearl Jam faces up to an Inconvenient Truth, something that precious few politicians (and few of us regular folks) dare do. Global warming is a crisis, and not tomorrow. It is here today, so says every serious scientist whose work has been peer reviewed.

Here's what the U.S. National Academy of Science says: "The changes observed over the last several decades are likely because of human activities, for the most part."

Enter Pearl Jam. The Seattle-based rockers have pledged $100,000 to offset the carbon emissions generated during their global tour.

Pearl Jam has a Carbon Portfolio Strategy.

Does your organization? Does your city? Do you?

But don't worry, what's one more year of record heat?

4 comments:

Reel Fanatic said...

I haven't liked Pearl Jam's music for quite a long while now, but this is definitely a good thing .. An Inconvenient Truth has finally managed to open in my little corner of the world .. i'm going to see it today and really looking forward to it

Jeff Kaplan said...

I feel the same about their music, but give them big props for publicly acting, even in a small, way on a serious problem that so many people still (absurdly) deny.

Thanks for the comment.

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