Like many celebrities, Jack Johnson has pretty high standards. But they’re exactly the standards we need. With human consumption destroying our planet, this mellow musician is aware that it’s time to take environmental concerns seriously. That’s why each time he puts on a concert or goes on tour, he has a hefty list of eco-conscious requirements.
The rider, set of requests or demands that are criteria for performance, is given out to every concert hall. It begins as follows: “The Jack Johnson organization is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our tour. Accordingly, we have taken many steps to ensure that our tour is produced as environmentally responsibly as possible. For example, we are using biodiesel in our vehicles, using organic cotton and recycled paper for our merchandise, providing vegetarian and organic food options in catering, composting or recycling most of our waste, and offsetting all of our remaining CO2 emissions with regional accredited offset providers.”
The rider goes on to demand everything from “reusable, biodegradable, or compostable cups and utensils for all concessions” to “turn down show lighting when no one is performing.” They even request low-flow toilets and showers for dressing rooms.
These demands are so important; after all, as plastic grown more and more pervasive in today’s culture, we’re damaging the environment like never before. Every year, 300 million tons of plastic materials coming into circulation every year. And while we make efforts to recycle, the sad reality is that 85 percent of the world’s plastic is not recycled. It instead enter landfills, and eventually, makes its way into the ocean. With chemical-filled plastics entering the waters, we’re putting about 700 marine species at risk of extinction due to the threat plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion.
Johnson and his team are well aware of this reality and are clearly doing everything in their power to stop plastic in its tracks. And their influence is spreading – some venues have even been inspired to make change after receiving Johnson’s rider. For example, the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland was transformed into a sustainable space after taking Johnson’s demands to heart.
It’s time more celebrities take action and use their star power for good. Johnson told HuffPost, “If I’m going to keep doing music, I have to help keep the industry I’m a part of be more responsible.”
We applaud Johnson for his diva-like high standards … when you’re trying to the save the environment, you’ve got to make some pretty high demands!
Now all we need are some vegan banana pancakes and Jack Johnson’s pretty much our hero!
We might not all be celebrities, but we can all help. Wondering what you can do?
While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source. If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the oceans.
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