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Hanson will Save the Earth

I saw Hanson last week at the House of Blues in Boston…and I liked it. Don’t tell any of my friends though.hanson thinkin bout something high five

Those guys are truly inspiring: they’ve been a band for 21 years, hold records like being the 2nd youngest guy nominated for a grammy (Zac Hanson), and do some incredible things outside of their music careers.

Here’s where my good times and dancing clashed with the House of Blues (and what I think all artists can do to help):

  • Entering the venue, the door guy confiscated all bottles (plastic and any other forms of liquid containers), requiring all patrons to shift to the convenience mindset of use and throw away cups. All in the pursuit of profit. Don’t believe that it’s for your safety. It’s never for you. I snuck in a plastic bottle in my back pocket and filled it up with bathroom sink water during the show. Question: is this water any different than tap from the bar? Please don’t tell me if it is…
  • To drink a beer originally from a can, the bartender was required to poor it in a plastic cup. Sure I can understand the danger in giving a crazed Hanson fan a glass bottle, but an aluminum can DOES NOT pose a danger to anyone’s well being. Again, they say this is for your safety. It’s not. Remember, with corporations, it’s never for you. It’s to prevent lawsuits and further protect profits by reducing their insurance bills.
  • There are NO recycling intentions: bins, signs, pleas to reuse your first cup. In fact, I had a cup sitting on the bar from my beer, and the bartender without asking grabbed it and threw it away, then asked what I’ll have. HoB could employ someone to overlook the recycling for the venue…oh yea, that costs money doesn’t it. Let’s just toss everything out.

So here we are, contributing to two businesses: House of Blues / Live Nation, a typical corporate setup that doesn’t give a damn about anything except profits. Maybe they will hire a PR firm to increase their goodwill with environmentally minded fans at some point. Maybe. And the other, Hanson, who are activists and forward thinkers, much like other artists.

The coolest thing about Hanson: they do this thing called Take The Walk.

From the website:

“Take The Walk is about giving you simple tangible ways to take action against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and poverty in Africa. A small donation, the purchase of a pair of shoes, the download of a song or simply taking a one-mile walk.
The initial launch of the Take The Walk campaign began with one mile barefoot walks staged across the US and Canada to help inspire individuals to make an impact through simple actions. Thousands of individuals participated in these walks, lead by the band HANSON in partnership with TOMS Shoes, providing thousands of shoes to impoverished children in South Africa.

Now, through TakeTheWalk.net, you can join a walk on HANSON’s The Walk Around The World Tour, a walk hosted by another individual or host a walk in your town. Every mile walked will raise funds to support one of five real causes that will make a difference, with one dollar donated by the Take The Walk campaign for each walker. You can support: access to medical care, medical treatment, shoes, clean water and education.”

Hanson and other artists are leaders in environmentalism and activism. They always have been. It’s exciting to think how much power famous people have over our society, and to know that they are doing great things. All hope is not lost.

My Plog entries increased by 2 cups and a straw on this night. Was it worth it to see Hanson, stay hydrated and slightly buzzed? I think we can have our cake and eat it too.

It will take the help of the performer. Hanson: you have control over the VENUE you play. Ask the venue to make sustainable choices. You sold out the HoB and have hundreds of thousands of screaming (mostly) female fans that will follow your every move. Now exert your influence over the venue that you support.

In further Hanson news, they are debuting their new beer, appropriately called Mmm Hops:


This will be amazing. More to come.

More classic pics [here].(http://members.tripod.com/~I_Love_Zac_Hanson/pics.html)

That’s it for this rant. Do you have ideas on how artists can use their influence for the greater good? Let’s get the discussion started and take these ideas to our favorite bands. In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to be in contact with famous people through social media and the like. It’s definitely feasible that our ideas will be heard and implemented by our favorite artists and celebrities.


You Have The Power To Change The World

This week is Ocean week here at Year Without Plastic. Let's all take a moment and think about how awesome the ocean is, and how we all want it to not turn into a pile of sludge that only breeds three eyed fish and radioactive monsters. While that would be cool, let's save it for The Simpsons and sci fi movies.

I'm posting a bunch of facts on Twitter, a few infographics here on the blog, and I'll hopefully conclude the week with some nice photos of the ocean in Boston and Rhode Island. It's really spectacular. Beauty as far as the eye can see. Nothing matters when you're at the beach. Life is perfect. But a little beyond the horizon, we all know there's a little problem that we are adding to every day, known as the 5 gyers. Just because we can't see the filth doesn't mean we should ignore.

I'm going to repost something I found that's pretty spot on. These posts are not intended to bring on depression. Depression doesn't lead to action. These posts are meant to anger you, because anger is healthy in that it leads you to action. You take a stance. You draw a line in the sand and you stand for what you believe in.

tl;dr: If you use plastic, you have the power to change the world in one easy step.

Step 1: Stop using so much plastic. Go with reusable shopping bags and drinking bottles, instead.

Here's the post written by Phil Kramer, originally published on March 25th, 2010

Phil Kramer is the director of The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean program. The Conservancy is working with countries across the region to meet the promise of the Caribbean Challenge. If successful, the Challenge will place more than 21 million acres of ocean, beaches, coral reefs and mangroves into national parks and protected areas.

After so many years as a marine scientist, I’m no longer surprised at the things that wash ashore on beaches around the world.

Unfortunately, 90 percent of those things are man-made and shouldn’t be there.

Most of it has – unfortunately – come to be expected: derelict fishing equipment, disposable plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarette butts, bits of unidentifiable plastic, Styrofoam.

All of it is deadly to marine animals – whales, sharks, sea turtles and sea birds.

Some of the trash is ironic (a child’s backpack I spotted, emblazoned with Marlin and Dory from the move Finding Nemo, comes immediately to mind). Some of it is famous, like the Nike shoes (swept overboard from a cargo ship) that were still wearable after bobbing in the ocean for 3 years. (The average athletic shoe can float for 10 years.)

Much of our trash seems to end up accumulating in large gyres in the Pacific Ocean. The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” between Hawaii and California is the size of Texas and the biggest threat to nesting albatrosses and their chicks on remote atolls of the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Imagine: The entire state of Texas as a landfill. (Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Don’t Mess with Texas.”)

National Geographic recently reported the discovery of the “Atlantic Garbage Patch.” It covers 1,000 miles off the East Coast of the United States. Much of the debris is tiny bits of discarded plastic and trash; most of it weighs less than a paperclip and floats near the surface. Imagine what it must be like for a baby loggerhead sea turtle making his way out to the Atlantic and having to come up for air in that plastic soup.

Are you depressed yet? I’m not. Sad, yes. Depressed, no.

For one thing, depression rarely motivates people to actually do something about the problem that’s depressing them. They watch TV instead.

For another, I don’t think we have to live like this. Sometimes when a problem seems so, well, global, we think there’s nothing we can do.

But this is actually a problem where every individual’s actions matter. So, good news: If you use plastic, you have the power to change the world in one easy step.

Step 1: Stop using so much plastic. Go with reusable shopping bags and drinking bottles, instead.

It’s a simple matter of volume:

Consider all of the people in your neighborhood who shop.
Now consider what would happen if everyone committed to using reusable bags and drinking bottles.
Now think of everyone in your town, your city, your state, your country, your continent, your world — all of them doing what you’re doing….That is a tremendous amount of disposable plastic that never has the opportunity to escape and wreak havoc on marine life.
All because people made a simple change to their daily lives. Our choices matter. Each of us has more power to affect our world — for good and for bad — than we know.

I know, because I’ve seen it.