PearlJamOnline reports that Pearl Jam is investing in a carbon offset project in Alaska managed by ClimeCo, The American Land Conservancy, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to be ‘accountable’ for pollution they created on their 2018 tour. It is the first of its kind in the region. The project will help to protect the coastal temperate rainforest area of Afognak Island and to preserve the habitat for many important animal species.
“As a band, it’s important for us to be accountable for the pollution we create. Since 2004 we’ve invested in projects around the world to mitigate the CO2 emissions caused by our tours” said Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard, who manages the band’s carbon mitigation program. “We are so thankful for the example Pearl Jam sets when it comes to offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions that result from their concert tours” said Dan Linsky, VP Voluntary Markets at ClimeCo. Who is also a longtime fan of Pearl Jam music.
“Pearl Jam’s continued climate leadership and commitment […] has helped protect critical ecosystems around the world while showing fans how individual actions can make a real difference” said Toby Janson-Smith, Chief Innovation Officer with Verra (the not-for-profit society that manages the VCS: Verified Carbon Standard). Individuals and businesses can determine their own carbon footprints on the EPA’s website.