Rock the Earth and LCV Education Fund staff hit the road to Tennessee to advocate for our parks and public lands at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. It was four days of sun, music, and environmental protection!
On Friday, LCV Education Fund’s Darian Davis and Arian Rubio joined NRDC in a panel to discuss the importance of protecting our national parks and monuments, like Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. These important places are currently under attack, as the Trump administration works to sell out millions of acres of protected land to the oil and gas industry.
Protecting Our Best Parks Program: LWCF
The booth was rockin’ with ways for people to protect our parks. The Rock the Earth crew gathered more than 1,000 signatures from concert goers helping to elevate their voice in the halls of Congress to help protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund, America’s landmark program that has helped to fund outdoor spaces from your local ball field to the Grand Canyon for over fifty years. The overwhelming response was clear — Bonnaroovians love their public lands and want to keep them in public hands for future generations to enjoy.
Artists Taking Action
From the Killers to a heartfelt tribute to the late Tom Petty, we were blown away by the incredible performances at Bonnaroo! In addition to putting on an incredible show, many artists went the extra mile at Bonnaroo to support environmental protection and other progressive causes.
We were excited to join with Beau Bedford (Texas Gentlemen), Paul Janeway (St. Paul and the Broken Bones), Tommy Putnam (Moon Taxi), Brandon Lancaster (LANCO), and Shane Torres for a press conference to discuss everything from Paul’s favorite dry cleaner to our critical work to protect public lands. Afterwards, some artists signed our petition to urge Congress not to let funding expire for our best parks program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We love it when artists use their voice to help amplify our issues!
Bonnaroo Contributes over $9,000 to Rock the Earth!
Bonnaroo has been a leader in sustainability in the festival scene for more than a decade, but this year they went the extra mile to partner with Rock the Earth for an Earth Day ticket promotion to benefit our public lands campaigns. Hundreds of tickets were sold and their camping fees were donated directly to Rock the Earth, raising more than $9,000 for our critical work!
We are so grateful for Bonnaroo’s work to get resources into the hands that need it, and for the incredible space they provided for us and many of their other nonprofit partners at the festival. Bonnaroo really put their money where their mouth is, and we thank you — until 2019!