As part of Climate Reality Project’s24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report, Jason Mraz and Mona Tavacoli give us a glimpse of the ways (EMA Board Member) Ed Begley Jr. is living the green life while performing 93 Million Miles from the rooftop of Ed’s house.
For his Summer 2012 US Tour, Jason Mraz is teaming up with environmental nonprofit, Reverb, to launch’ Tree is a Four Letter Word’ a program that supports local environmental organizations and engages and inspires fans to take action. The name is a play on Mraz’s latest album title, Love Is A Four Letter Word.
As part of Mraz’s 2012 tour, concert attendees will get to visit an Eco-Village where they’ll be able to to engage with local tree-focused nonprofit groups, donate for a souvenir sticker, and volunteer for tree projects in their community. Fans who participate onsite at the show will be able to win prizes including a two-week eco-adventure for one winner and a friend to India, an autographed Taylor guitar as well as reusable bottles and other prizes from the Brita FilterForGood Music Project.
Additionally, in select markets Jason will be getting his hands dirty by participating in community tree projects with fans and local non-profits.
Mraz, who has made a strong commitment to the environment in both his personal life and on the road says, “I’m so excited to be working with Reverb to provide fans a platform to get involved, and support community-based organizations both locally and around the world.”
Global warming is not a future problem, it’s a now event. Jason Mraz has known this for a long time, but his trip to Antarctica with Al Gore in February along with 148 scientists, researchers, and environmentalists confirmed it.
In an essay he wrote for the Huffington Post reflecting on his trip, Mraz notes that, Antarctica, Earth’s air conditioner, is the canary in the coal mine for global warming. Meaning, if the climate at the south pole is changing, so too is the rest of the planet. For instance, when land ice that is miles thick melts rapidly and falls into the ocean, sea levels rise. And when sea levels go up, the threat we face are storm surges, coastal floods, and the possibility of drinking water for billions of people becoming contaminated with salt water. Yuck.
Mraz talks about the basics that we take for granted, such as the fruit cocktail he was served on his flight home. Where had the fruit come from? How much energy did it take to get to its final destination? How many chemicals were added to it to maintain its freshness? Little things like fruit coming from far off places, are just a part of the conveniences of everyday life that we’ve grown accustomed to. We’re finally starting to figure out that these conveniences are not sustainable. Continue reading →