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December 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Rock the Earth Newsletter December 2010

» Give a Gift that Defends the Planet
» Key of Green: Greening Your Web Searches
» Who's Your Planet Defender?
» Membership Sale - What Rocks Your Earth?

» Volunteer Jam
» Member Benefits: Bamboosa and LiveNation Store

» What Rocks Your Earth: Bridget Law

Give a Gift That Defends the Planet!

As we approach the end of our 6th year of Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time, we’d like to update you on what your generous support has enabled us to achieve this past year, and to ask for your continued support and consideration in 2011. 2010 was a very busy year with significant progress made on a number of major environmental fronts. Highlights include:

Continued Roan Plateau Protection! – In the three years since Rock the Earth first challenged the Bureau of Land Management’s wholesale leasing hundreds of acres of Colorado’s Roan Plateau, not a single new gas well has been drilled in the environmentally sensitive area in question.

Protection of Joshua Tree National Park – In an issue suggested to us by percussionist Wally Ingram and in collaboration with groups like the California Desert Coalition and the Wildlands Conservancy, plans to build a proposed power transmission corridor that would have impacted an important desert ecosystem, including the area in and around Joshua Tree National Park were withdrawn!

Progress in the right direction with Cruise Ships – Rock the Earth, in partnership with Sixthman Productions and Reverb, has been putting the pressure on cruise lines to act with greater environmental responsibility.

As our activities increase, so does the pressure on our resources. We are asking all of our friends and supporters, both new and old, to try and help if they can. We know you understand the need to protect our natural resources and feel a responsibility to protect the wilderness areas we have left for future generations. Please make a tax-deductible donation today.

With your investment of $25, $35, $50, $100 or more, together we can continue to advocate for the environment, get our message out, and Defend the Planet One Beat at a Time!

This holiday season, we are offering some incredible gift packages which include: CDs, DVDs, Limited Edition posters, T-shirts, hats and other fabulous Rock the Earth merchandise. If you sign up or renew your membership by December 31 with a gift of $25 or more, you will receive one bonus thank you gift of a free Live Download card good for one full concert download.

Please visit the RtE website for more information, and find out how YOU can help!

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Key of Green: Greening Your Web Searches

Whoever thought saving the planet could be so easy? Using green search engines over the alternatives is a fun and relatively effortless way of lowering your environmental impact. Available in different forms and focused on a wide variety of projects, they are another step in the right direction for the ecologically conscious.

Ecosia runs its servers on renewable energy and uses advertising revenues to fund WWF rainforest conservation programs. Those who install it on their toolbar can keep track of how many square meters of rainforest they’ve saved by checking the bottom right-hand corner of their browser. Blackle is a version of Google that saves energy just by using a black background. Ecocho plants trees to offset carbon emissions. Green Maven only turns up websites run in an environmentally sustainable manner, while EcoSeek is a great resource for green products.

Last but not least, you can help Rock the Earth by using GoodSearch or even making it your homepage. Just type in “Rock the Earth” under the "Who do you Goodsearch for?" button. Every search you make helps out!

This is just a small sampling of the green search engines available. Check here for more information.

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Who's Your Planet Defender?

Since 2006, Rock the Earth has presented an annual Planet Defender award to inspirational defenders in three categories to those who uphold the ideals that Rock the Earth believes in. In 2010, RtE recognized Bonnie Raitt in the "Musician" category, Laurie David (Stop Global Warming) in the "Community Leader" category, and Louie Psihoyos (Ocean Preservation Society) in the "Grassroots Activist" category. These winners were chosen from among dozens of nominations made by Rock the Earth members and friends.

We are once again asking for nominations of those individuals who embody Rock the Earth's mission of Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time. Keep an eye out for those folks who you feel are helping to protect our planet's most precious places, and nominate them for the prestigious Planet Defender Award. Send your nominations to: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

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Membership Sale – What Rocks Your Earth?

Are you already a Member of Rock the Earth? Looking to pick up some extra RtE merch for your friends and relatives this holiday season? Rock the Earth has our nearly famous What Rocks Your Earth logo shirts available now for only an additional $16 donation to Rock the Earth. Printed on 100% organic cotton, these sporty beige (unisex) and powder blue (women’s) shirts lets you tell everyone What Rocks Your Earth! To order yours, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call our office directly at 303-454-3304.

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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 their time, and applaud you for your contributions: Rob Drabkin, Danny Rosen, Brandi Honeycutt, Andrea Browne, Amanda Brown, Heather Nelson, Cally Thalman, Kevin O'Donohue, Justin Marinoff, Ivon Jorrin, Shira Newmark, Amy Adams, John Mehringer, Liz Lundy, Mimi Clayton and Barb Meyer. 

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Rock the Earth Member Benefits: Bamboosa and LiveNation Store

One of the many benefits of a Rock the Earth membership is 20% off Bamboosa products. Bamboosa manufactures certified organic bamboo fiber clothing and baby products that are naturally antimicrobial, biodegradable and soft. Bamboo is one of nature's most sustainable resources and is naturally regenerative. With a growth rate of up to a meter or more per day, bamboo holds the world record as the fastest-growing plant. And, bamboo is actually not a wood but a grass, continuously sending up new shoots after harvesting without a need for replanting. Bamboo takes in nearly five times the amount of greenhouse gasses, and produces 35% more oxygen, than an equivalent stand of trees, making it an efficient replenisher of fresh air.

Bamboosa also uses eco-friendly dyes and 100% recycled paper with a minimum of 30% post consumer waste in their packaging. Their products are sweatshop-free and made in the U.S.

Also, as we mentioned in the October edition of Rock the Earth Notes, all RtE Members receive 15% off all merchandise purchased in the LiveNation Store. Now, for the holidays, through January 16, RtE Members will get 20% off everything in the LiveNation Store! Save 20% off merchandise from hundreds of artists such as Dave Matthews Band, AC/DC, Tim McGraw, U2, Kiss and many others! In thinking about gifts for the holidays, shop LiveNation and take advantage of your RtE Membership benefit to save money!

Go here to see a list of all Rock the Earth membership benefits.

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What Rocks Your Earth: Bridget Law (Elephant Revival)

Bridget Law is a Colorado native, always and currently living in the mountains above Boulder. At age 9, at the Denver Waldorf school, she first played the violin and has been deeply in love with it ever since. With a background in dance and a foreground in American and Scottish fiddle music, Bridget combines her love for music with love for life to create genuine art with a positive message. Since Fall of 2006 she has performed nationally with her dearest friends in the Nederland-based quintet, Elephant Revival, performing a new genre of music called transcendental folk. On November 22, Elephant Revival released their debut album, Break in the Clouds, on Ruff Shod Records (the indie label headed by Chad Stokes of State Radio/Dispatch). The album is produced by David Tiller of Taarka and expands upon the group’s multi-genre musical approach, threading together dynamic instrumentation and a diverse rhythmic sound while exploring the depths of all five of the groups’ gifted songwriters.

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

Preservation of good food genetics. Protection of small organic farmers is the key to our health and the longevity of the health of the human race. In the event of climate change, having the most bio-diversity in our food selection will help insure that plants can survive. Avoiding corporate domination of the food industry by companies like Monsanto is absolutely essential. There is a lot taking place in the government right now and some of our Senators really want to hear from us to help guide their votes. Staying involved and making the calls when needed is very helpful. And meanwhile, growing your own garden! Even indoors!

Also, protecting our clean water is massively important! Drilling for oil, and mining, are extremely hazardous to our fresh water sources. Uranium mining and Mountaintop Removal practices are appalling! Contaminating groundwater and poisoning the fresh water streams threatens the health and life of all Earthen creatures. Communicating about these issues and sharing knowledge and wisdom will strengthen the consciousness of our species and hopefully lead to better practices and more sustainable solutions.

What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your art?

So many unethical practices in the world inspire me to combine environmental activism with art. I feel it is essential to be active and support our environment; the planet is as much a part of us as we are a part of it. Loving art is an honorable and peaceful platform to deliver important messages. Due to the delicate and sensory nature of music, the audience is listening and ready to absorb words and tones. It is a great privilege to make art that has valuable meaning. Being kind to ourselves, each other, and our environment is one very profound and universal message. Given that our music is often performed on stage, our actions are very observable. Comfortably, I strive to act ethically, gracefully and especially environmentally conscious in this position. We are all learning; I hope on some level that our actions, words and loving tones create the space that we and the planet need to grow.

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

By the River. Tranquil sounds of water rushing over rocks. Fresh scents of wet earth. Refreshing natural temperature changes. The rejuvenating sense of cleanliness that dunking into the water creates–this is the most euphoric reality altering experience I know! Although it is my favorite, any place in nature will do. The sense of being felt by the earth is a truly connected experience. In order for your hand to touch something, it must also be able to be touched. I feel the sense of being felt by nature when I am sitting in a tree, or by a river, or when my bare feet are standing on grass.

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