Magazine article American Forests

Songs of Summer: Linkin Park and Music for Relief Team with American Forests to Plant Trees and Educate Concertgoers about Global Warming

Magazine article American Forests

Songs of Summer: Linkin Park and Music for Relief Team with American Forests to Plant Trees and Educate Concertgoers about Global Warming

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This summer, Linkin Park and other popular rock groups are going on tour and that has a lot of environmentalists cheering. That's because Linkin Park's disaster relief organization, Music for Relief, and this summer's Projekt Revolution tour are donating $1 from every concert ticket to AMERICAN FORESTS' Global ReLeaf program.

The tour, also featuring such well-known groups as My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday, will feature Linkin Park's highly anticipated new album Minutes to Midnight.

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The partnership is a perfect way to increase awareness of the environment and further AMERICAN FORESTS' efforts to fight global warming by restoring forests damaged by human actions and natural disasters. Since AMERICAN FORESTS plants one tree for every dollar donated, the summer concert tour could be a nice start to a greener earth.

"AMERICAN FORESTS is proud to partner with Music for Relief and Linkin Park to plant trees to fight global warming," AMERICAN FORESTS executive director Deborah Gangloff says. "Global warming is a huge issue, and everyone can be a part of the solution. Conserving energy, using alternative sources, and planting trees with Music for Relief and Linkin Park will make a difference."

Linkin Park released its first album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000 and sales took off instantly, cementing the group's status as the new "it" band. Linkin Park offered unique music to which audiences could relate. Young listeners heard a reflection of themselves in the raw new sound and in lyrics that dealt with their pain and inner demons. Parents were less inclined to object to the loud rock music because Linkin Park lacked the high volume of swearing that many other bands used.

Why would a rock group take such an interest in trees? For Linkin Park fans, the answer is obvious: The group's six members are no strangers to environmental causes. Their concern for the environment turned to action in 2005 when a tsunami caused by an underwater earthquake hit Southeast Asia. A total of 186,983 people were killed and 42,883 were reported lost, according to the United Nations office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Relief. The destruction toll also included approximately 430,000 homes, 2,174 miles of roadway, and 100,000 fishing boats.

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Shortly after this horrific disaster, Linkin Park founded Music for Relief with two basic goals in mind. One was to continue to aid the rebuilding process in the Gulf Coast following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The second was to work to weaken and decelerate future natural disasters by raising awareness about the environmental consequences of climate change and our responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases and to develop alternate, renewable forms of energy.

By reaching out to the music community, Linkin Park's members hoped to have a larger impact than if they attempted to tackle these problems on their own. So far, Music for Relief (www.musicforrelief.org) has raised more than $2 million for victims of the tsunami and hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Efforts to raise money and awareness continue.

And Linkin Park is not the only band trying to have an impact--75 other groups/singers have joined Music for Relief's efforts to protect our planet and help those in need.

Groups like Linkin Park and Yellow Card (another Music for Relief member) inspire new activists to join the campaign. This, it is hoped, will include a number of music listeners who will hear--and act on--the climate change message when delivered by someone other than a scientist. For some young people, a complex topic discussed by scientists is an invitation to tune out. But the message may get through when the speaker is someone they recognize and look up to, someone who explains the message in terms they understand.

GREEN TOUR

The tour aims to help the environment in more ways than just through tree planting. …

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