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“As for the future, your task is to foresee it but to enable it” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, quoted in the Charlotte, NC Observer
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On location with Doug Hunt, roving reporter, this week in Alaska.
Today, we join our roving reporter Doug Hunt, who is in Alaska to interview the second cousin (twice removed) of reggae legend, Bob Marley, who has a band of his own and for years has been an advocate for green lifestyles, traveling the planet and making island green music...
DH: Hello, today we're on tour with one of the world’s greenest musician, Mr. Kingston G. Marley. Mr. Marley and his band Green Island Rhythm have been on tour for over eight years now, and amazingly, they walk and hitchhike from venue to venue to save gas and reduce carbon emissions
(In the background we hear King say):
Dose tour buses, dey so expensive mon!
DH: They also plan to play green concerts world wide... oh yes, they play no electrical instruments, which also saves energy and reduces carbon emissions.... Mr. Marley is a fountain of information on green concerns and has written many, many songs about solving the environmental problems that we face today. Welcome Mr. Marley or should I call you Kingston?
King: Ya mon, you can just call me King, everybody else does... it's a lovely day here in Alaska.... as you know it is kinda warm this time of year although it's not supposed to be... But we are digging it...Everthing is Irie...all de time.... it is all about how you look at it and how you keep music and hope in your heart... and everything is easy after dat... My cousin Bob said, don't get tied to your possessions... you know, mon, Bob was way ahead of his time... He say...A New World order is coming.....
You Know, I was forever changed by his songs. In fact, my Green life was inspired by the Bob’s hit song: “No Warmin’, No Cry”... it has such great significance now... It shows Bob knew global warmin’ was coming before anyone else did.... that's why he wrote dat song... changed my life mon, it is de reason I tour...Bob’s spirit is with me...No warmin’ no cry...deep...
DH: UHmmm, sorry... actually King, I think... you know... I'm sure... and I don't mean to correct you... but I'm pretty sure that Bob Marley hit... was actually titled... “No Woman No Cry”...
KING: really.... no way, ... wow... Man are you sure....
DH: Uhmm, yes, actually I'm a very sure, King... no woman no cry, he actually repeats it over and over again in the song
King: WOW... after all these years... I patterned my whole life on that song.... it meant everything to me... I have spent my entire musical career combating global warmin’, because I thought Bob wanted me to... I was so inspired by dat song... (sings) No Warmin’ No Cry..... are you sure?
DH: Uh... yeah I'm sure
King: Why would a guy from an island in the Caribbean name the rest of his band the Wailers and he wasn't talking ‘bout environmental issues and saving the Whales?
DH: I'm not sure...
King: Well you know, that's okay... everything is all right... over de years, mon, many times in many places, a simple mistake has actually changed de course of history... it's alright… ya man… I am feelin’ it... cool... it's very cool...
DH: Well, we are in Alaska... but I must say, I’m quite impressed. That is a great attitude change... So... I wonder if I could get to the question that I wanted to ask in the beginning of this interview... Why are you in Alaska?
King: Well, other than I patterned my life around dat damn song which isn't even de song, I thought it was.... no, no I’m cool ... we came to Alaska.... and it was a really long walk.... I mean it was a really, really, really long walk.... I mean nobody told us how long a walk dis was goin’ to be, mon... we left San Antonio, Texas in November…
DH: November… really?
King: Yam on November of 2003 (two tousand tree). Anyway we came to put on a concert in Glacier National Park to bring attention to global warming and de plight of de polar bear and his vanishing ice flow habitats, as you may or may not know, dese habitats allow the bear to access deir hunting grounds and stay fed.... but dey are disappearing fast, mon... And now, dere's also a problem with de concert.
DH: And what problem is that?
King: We can't find Glacier National Park, because we can't find the glacier....
DH: You can't find the park?
King: well you know usually, mon I can't find my way out the door in the morning, and that's all right... but we made it to Alaska and, and.... let me tell you it was a really long walk… you won't believe this, but the Glacier is not where it should be.... dey got some guys with dogs out lookin’ for it..... dey're still out tryin’ to locate de Glacier... de government say it was misappropriated, home land security was sent to guard it, FEMA rushed into restore it, and the Chinese are being blamed for stealin’ it and usin’ it for fresh drinking water, or the Iranians blew it up... maybe de Koreans wanted it to keep deir Tea cool... I don't know, but it ain't here, mon
DH: OK... I hope they find it, In the meantime, can you tell us a little bit more about your new hit song “Plastic Island Bear”.
KING: Ya man...it’s cool...ya see we Live down on de island where it’s hot already and watching dese polar bears on tv runnin’ round in fur coats and feelin’ real sorry for dem ... you know… Bob used to wear de fur coats round de house in Jamaica, looked cool but he was always hot... Bob was strange... but he’s gone now, so we was tinking, what can we do to save dese cool furry coated Bob Marley lookin’ creatures, mon.
DH: and... I can’t wait to hear this...
King: But you see we like to think in collectives... how to solve a lot of environmental problems at de same time... incorporate recyclin’ and preservation... and use local elements... you know one idea can change de world, mon... we believe that... so we were tinking...
NOW, if you took all de plastic bags and the plastic bottles dat need recycling and you melted dem down... and you made large plastic water filled... recycled ice floats.... recycled ice bridges... and even recycled icebergs... when de Ice melts de Bears would have anchored floats, Icebergs and bridges to fish and hint and live on near deir food sources...
You see, when de ice melts prematurely, as it does in de Arctic dese days, icebound imitation ice floats would be ballasted by water inside which would keep dem cool and dey would allow de polar bears to once again visit and have access to deir food sources... and dat is what our music is about mon.... about finding solutions.... and den getting’ dem done... dat's why we're here in Alaska....
DH: Wow... you know... at first that sounds like a crazy idea... but then, the more I think about it... what you're saying is that we should take all the plastic bottles and bags recycle them into water filled and ballasted plastic icebergs which would float around once the ice melts and even some might be anchored so that the polar bears could swim around and get to their hunting grounds again... yes, the more I think about it... the more sense it makes as an interim solution... for preservation... at least until global warming is reversed.
King: Now you getting it mon... Hope is the new green....green is not the new gold...hope is the new green and gold, solutions are green Hope... that's just genius mon....oh yeah and don’t forget the blues.... don't forget about the blues.... the blues is just green music turn sad.... we have Green Blues too... a couple of new songs:
Buffalo Activists, I Shot the SUV, Windpower Freedom, The Recycle Song, Get up stand up, turn down your thermostat... (fades)
DH: (Interrupting) yes... well thank you King... we have to go now.... we've got to interview Willie Nelson's ex-wife's brother’s friend..... Who's down in South America..... Writing songs about Solar Electricity... his latest hits are... “ On The Roof Again”, and my personal favorite “To all the Grids I’ve Loved Before”. That’s it from here in what used to be National Glacier Park Alaska. Back to you in the studio Paul.
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We’d like to take some time to applaud some local Green musicians and also talk about the roles and the groundbreaking efforts that have been and are being made by some of our favorite guitar pickers and singers.... looks like musicians as always are on the forefront of activism... and green activism is no exception
So in no particular order let's look at some musicians and their efforts to keep the planet green:
- Dave Matthews Band: Pedal Pushers
Global warming is on the forefront of Matthews' mind, as he is committed to retracing any environmentally harmful footsteps he's taken ... and helping others do the same. As part of their hometown of Charlottesville, Va.'s Community Yellow Bicycles Program, Dave Matthews Band members helped scatter free bikes around town to promote eco-friendly traveling. They've also teamed with NativeEnergy and Clean Air-Cool Planet to offset 100 percent of the carbon dioxide pollution DMB's touring has caused since 1991.
- Neil Young: Veggie-Fueled Touring
The rock 'n' roll veteran helped pioneer the now-popular practice of fueling tour buses with biodiesel. When promoting his 2004 film and album, both titled 'Greendale,' Young traveled with a caravan of 17 diesel vehicles, all of which ran on a mixture of soybean and vegetable oil. The biodiesel fuel emits about 75 percent less pollution than regular diesel fuel. Others who've followed in Young's Earth-friendly footsteps with their own biodiesel-fueled tours include KT Tunstall, the Indigo Girls and Keith Urban, just to name a few.
- Bonnie Raitt: Energy Saver
Raitt is not only an environmental activist, she also goes to great lengths to recognize others dedicated to the cause. As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, the blues rocker held the 2002 'Green Highway' benefit concert, which aimed to promote alternative energy solutions. Raitt also dedicated a humanitarian award to Julia Butterfly Hill, who sat in a tree for a year to help save the California redwoods. Raitt hiked a mountain trail and then used a pulley system to get up to Hill's perch and deliver the award
- Cloud Cult: Earth-Friendly Music
The indie rockers painstakingly ensure each and every CD printed on their own nonprofit record label, Earthology Records, is eco-friendly. They package CDs in recycled jewel cases, each of which is hand-cleaned by the band members themselves. All CD inserts are printed with nontoxic soy inks on recycled paper, and CD shrink wrap is made of nontoxic biodegradable corn cellulose. This is all done on an organic farm, where Earthology's headquarters are heated entirely with geothermal energy.
- Pearl Jam: Curbing Carbon
Pearl Jam knows their massive tours burn up the Earth's resources, and they're doing all they can to make up for it. The band has donated thousands of dollars to nine different environment-focused organizations in an effort to offset the tons of carbon emitted from its tour buses and stage shows. It's all part of the "Carbon Portfolio Strategy" they co-founded, which also funds an environmental education center for children, the campaign costs of helping pass eco-friendly legislation and a program to help protect forests near their Seattle home base.
- Jack Johnson: Green Label
Lights are rarely turned on at Johnson's own Brushfire Records office building, thanks to skylights and windows. In fact, the entire building is eco-friendly, with solar panels on the roof, shredded old jeans as wall insulation and installed low-flow toilets. Plus, they print CD covers on recycled paper and are trying to get their distributor, Universal, to use soy-based ink and biodegradable shrink wrap on all CDs. And in Johnson's ongoing efforts to help save the environment well into the future, he co-founded an environmental education program in his native Hawaii
- And my personal favorite: Willie Nelson
Green issues are always on his mind: This country singer is on the road again with his own line of alternative fuel: biodiesel that sells under the name BioWillie. His business model is "buy local, sell local," a theme that echoes his work with Farm Aid, an organization he helped found more than 20 years ago to assist family farmers. Nelson has also been active in supporting the use of hemp in clothing and fuel, and protecting horses from slaughter.