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Pearl Jam Voluntarily Offsets Latin American Tour Dates with $54,000 USD Investment to Mitigate Its 2015 Carbon EmissionsNovember 03 2015
Pearl Jam’s two newest carbon mitigation investments are certified REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation ‘plus’) projects in South America: Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru, and Carbonfund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil. Both projects are certified at the highest levels, and structured to provide benefits to the local communities as well as the planet.
“I think it’s good to acknowledge the negative impacts our business has on the planet, right alongside the positive ones. We tour. Our tours emit carbon dioxide. We are constantly looking at ways to reduce and mitigate that. Our strategy has been to essentially 'tax' ourselves for our CO2-equivalent emissions, and invest that money into carbon mitigation projects. Hopefully this will serve as inspiration for other businesses and governments exploring ways to offset their carbon footprints,” says Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard.
Pearl Jam have been tracking their tour-related carbon emissions since 2003, and to-date have made mitigation investments totaling over $500,000 USD. The band’s full carbon mitigation history is here: http://www.pearljam.com/activism/carbon-mitigation
ASSETs for Life scientist Michael Totten helps the band identify its biggest carbon dioxide culprits on tour. For Pearl Jam, this includes: band and crew air travel, hotels, truck and freight travel, power at venues, and fan transportation to and from the shows.
To find out your carbon footprint, click here: http://www.carbonfund.org/individuals,
and how to offset it here: https://www.carbonfund.org/offset