PORTLAND, ME – Making music more environmentally sustainable, the non-profit group REVERB has launched the 2013 Last Summer on Earth tour, featuring Barenaked Ladies (see video below), Guster and Ben Folds Five. The tour runs through the end of July.
At the tours' educational Eco-Village, music fans learn about illegal logging and the Lacey Act, as well as ways to protect the environment and fight climate disruption.
“As musicians, it’s important for us to know where the wood in our guitars, drumsticks, and other instruments comes from -- and whether it got here legally,” Adam Gardner, guitarist and vocalist of the band Guster and co-founder of REVERB, said in a statement. “Our music is meant to bring people together, and that includes everyone from our fans who listen to our music to the workers who made our instruments to the communities who live in the forests where the wood comes from.”
REVERB is working with the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Sierra Club to raise awareness of the importance of the Lacey Act at the Eco-Villages.
"Forests are invaluable. They help regulate the global climate, clean our air, and are home to indigenous communities who are protecting their land from illegal and destructive logging,” Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club’s trade representative said in a statement. “The Lacey Act is a vital piece of legislation and one of the strongest tools we have against the climate crisis.”
Added Kate Horner, director of Forests Campaigns at the Environmental Investigation Agency program, “The illegal trade of timber and wood has led to the destruction of invaluable forest ecosystems as well as human rights abuses. The Lacey Act sends a strong signal to companies that they must stem the flow of illegal timber imports, or face the music. We are heartened to see these bands educating fans about the destruction of illegal logging and the importance of having such laws like the Lacey Act on the books."
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