Pearl Jam: tree huggers

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Pearl Jam has spent an awful lot of their long career on the road, which means whether it was by van or truck or bus or airplane, they burned up an awful lot of fuel, sending an awful lot of carbon into the air. In fact, Michael Totten, chief adviser, climate and water for Conservation International, estimates Pearl Jam’s actual carbon emissions from its 32-date 2009 tour to be 5,474 metric tons of CO2. That’s a lot.

However, since 2003 the band has been actively working to make a difference by actively tracking their carbon output and making donations to worthy organizations fighting the good fight to help preserve and protect the environment. This year’s group is Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC), a local organization whose mission is to conserve and steward Washington state land and to build community within the state. Their primary goals are to protect 1 million acres of working forests and farms and 265,000 acres of shorelines, natural areas, and parks, as well as maintain rural economies and enhance the livability of cities and towns.

Pearl Jam’s donation to CLC’s urban forestry program will allow them to plant approximately 33 acres of native trees and plants in communities around the Puget Sound.

“Trees are incredible at absorbing carbon,” said Gene Duvernoy, CLC president. “Pearl Jam’s contribution will enable us to plant urban forests throughout the Puget Sound and restore native trees and understory to ecosystems that have faced intense human pressures. This sort of approach has an enormous impact on improving forest health, connecting people to nature, and activating communities to engage in the restoration and stewardship of natural open spaces,” said Duvernoy.

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