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Rock the Earth December Newsletter

Give a Gift That Defends the Planet!
As we approach the end of our 5th year of Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time , we’d like to update you on what your generous support has enabled us to achieve this past year, and to ask for your continued support and consideration in 2010.
2009 has been our busiest year ever with significant progress made on a number of major environmental fronts, and an unprecedented Education & Outreach effort that saw us reach a record number of music fans across the country. Highlights include:
Victory on the Mattaponi River Front! - In what was our first artist-suggested advocacy issue, after several years of national awareness raising by Rock the Earth (and litigation by other organizations), officials withdrew plans to build the massive King William Reservoir in Virginia
Progress in the right direction in Pinon Canyon – Rock the Earth, in a coalition with ranchers and other environmental groups, forced the Army to withdraw plans to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, an environmentally sensitive area in southern Colorado.
Mobile phone recycling – This year, RtE began collecting mobile phones via high-profile, fan-engaging action-drives at festivals around the country, in a campaign to raise awareness about the damaging effects of improper disposal. Want to recycle your phone with free shipping?  We’ll reward you with 20% off future Musictoday purchases.  Visit www.rtephonedrive.com for more information.
As our activities increase, so does the pressure on our resources.  We are asking all of our friends and supporters, both new and old, to try and help if they can.  We know you understand the need to protect our natural resources and feel a responsibility to protect the wilderness areas we have left for future generations. Please make a tax-deductible donation today.
With your investment of $25, $35, $50, $100 or more, together we can continue to advocate for the environment, get our message out and Defend the Planet One Beat at a Time!
This holiday season, we are offering some incredible gift packages which include: CD’s, DVD’s, Limited Edition posters, T-shirts, hats and other fabulous Rock the Earth merchandise. These packages make excellent gifts for loved ones…or even an extra gift for yourself! To view all gift packages, please visit our Membership Gifts page.
If you sign up or renew your membership by December 31 with a gift of $25 or more, you will receive one bonus thank you gift of a free Live Download card good for one full concert download.
Please visit the RtE website for more information, and find out how YOU can help!

In the Key of Green: Warm Your Home
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates households can save 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours in the winter and the same in the summer.  A home energy audit is the most important first step homeowners can take to finding heating leaks and energy drains.  If you’ve already done that, consider some of these eco product options to take the edge off winter, and save you money.
Low Cost: Keep warm air in and cold air out by weather stripping doors; it’s only a $30 or $40 outlay. For homes with central heating, reseal ducts around the vents; price per vent is as low as $20.
Medium Cost: Buy a programmable thermostat that lowers energy use during non-peak family times: daytime work/school hours and nighttime sleep hours.  This way the boiler won’t kick in while your house sits empty, or when everyone is asleep.  Cost for an Energy Star rated unit is between $200 and $300.
High Cost: Consider an outdoor reset controller, a $400 to $500 expenditure that adjusts the water temperature for your boiler based on outside temperature.  For about the same investment, you can improve the efficiency of heat-eating fireplaces by approximately 75% by installing inserts.
No Cost: Check wall temperatures today with your hand or bare forearm to detect cool spots that signal air seepage, which while this may require some cost for the necessary caulking or insulation, the savings in energy is good for your wallet and reduces energy consumption which helps everyone.

Fifth Anniversary Celebration
Special thanks to Brooklyn Bowl, the Everyone Orchestra, and Six Point Ales for helping us celebrate five years of Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time!  Held December 2nd & 3rd at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, Rock the Earth hosted a Fifth Anniversary celebration featuring music from The Everyone Orchestra. A great time was had by all, and an extra heap of kudos goes to Peter Shapiro, Matt Butler and Jeff Gorlechen for their generous support and consideration!

Who’s Your Planet Defender?
Since 2006, Rock the Earth has presented an annual Planet Defender award to inspirational defenders in three categories to those who uphold the ideals that Rock the Earth believes in. In 2009, RtE recognized Incubus in the “Musician” category, Van Jones (Green For All) in the “Community Leader” category, and Jessy Tolkan (Energy Action Coalition) in the “Grassroots Activist” category. These winners were chosen from among dozens of nominations made by Rock the Earth members and friends.
We are once again asking for nominations of those individuals who embody Rock the Earth’s mission of Defending the Planet One Beat at a Time. Keep an eye out for those folks who you feel are helping to protect our planet’s most precious places, and nominate them for the prestigious Planet Defender Award. Send your nominations to: info@rocktheearth.org .  Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2010.

Rock the Earth Member Benefits: Bamboosa
One of the many benefits of a Rock the Earth membership is 20% off Bamboosa products . Bamboosa manufactures certified organic bamboo fiber clothing and baby products that are naturally antimicrobial, biodegradable and soft. Bamboo is one of nature’s most sustainable resources and is naturally regenerative. With a growth rate of up to a meter or more per day, bamboo holds the world record as the fastest growing plant. And, bamboo is actually not a wood but a grass, continuously sending up new shoots after harvesting without a need for replanting. Bamboo takes in nearly five times the amount of greenhouse gasses, and produces 35% more oxygen, than an equivalent stand of trees, making it an efficient replenisher of fresh air.
Bamboosa also uses eco-friendly dyes and 100% recycled paper with a minimum of 30% post consumer waste in their packaging. Their products are sweatshop-free and made in the US.

Member Benefit: FREE Concert Tickets Offered Exclusively to Rock the Earth Members!
Did you know that Rock the Earth members can enter to win FREE TICKETS to concerts at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, and Ogden and Bluebird Theaters, Boulder’s Fox Theatre, New York’s Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, the The Fillmore at Irving Plaza and the Nokia Theatre Times Square! YOU could be rockin’ out to Les Claypool, Keller Williams, Cheap Trick, Tea Leaf Green, Anvil, Little Feat and MANY MORE, ABSOLUTELY FREE! What are you waiting for?
Enter now at info@rocktheearth.org! Include the show of your choice in the subject line, and your full name and contact details in the email.
Remember – you can only win these tickets if you are a current member of Rock the Earth – be sure your membership is up-to-date before entering.

Merchandise Sale!
In an effort to reduce our inventory, and frankly, to clean up the office, we are offering all Rock the Earth merchandise as drastically reduced prices to current members, PLUS we’re throwing in a Nugs.Net Live Download card for every $25 spent. You heard right, pick up a t-shirt, water bottle, tote bag or hat and receive a free bonus live download card, redeemable for your choice of MP3 authorized, Live concert soundboard recordings, from bands such as: The Grateful Dead, Phish, Black Crowes, String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, Smashing Pumpkins, My Morning Jacket, Counting Crows, Umphrey’s McGee, and many more!! If you’d like to pick up another water bottle, cinch bag, baseball cap or t-shirt, NOW is the time to do so.  Please call the office at (303) 454-3304 to place your order.  To see what’s available, check out our merchandise page(s).  Sale ends Jan 31, so don’t delay… hurry while supplies last!!

What Rocks Your Earth?!? Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra / Hot Buttered Rum)
Known primarily as the driving force behind The Everyone Orchestra , Matt Butler’s long and colorful history in music includes eight years in Jambay, one of the preeminent jambands on the scene in the 90s. He also has film scoring and production credits and has two CD’s of his own music including The Redwood Project, an award-winning ambient groove walk through the forest.
Currently Matt is playing drums in San Francisco indie grass outfit Hot Buttered Rum , and when he is not on the road, he teaches drumming, conducts workshops and lives by the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ motto.  Matt is also on the Advisory Board of Rock the Earth.
What environmental issue(s) do you consider to be the most critical at this time?
There are so many critical issues; it’s hard to pinpoint just one.  I would say the one most prevalent in my world right now is Nature Deficit Disorder – the theory that people, particularly children, are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavioral and societal problems.  There were several instances recently on the Oregon Coast, not far from where I live, where people driving on the beach were mowing down protected seabirds, killing hundreds of them.  My sense is that if these people spent more time connecting with nature, their life might play out a lot less as if they’re acting out some part of a sick video game.  In my own life, I live in a fairly urban environment.  But, my kids have been raised without television, we have a flock of chickens in our backyard, and we grow a significant portion of our vegetables in our garden.  Even though we don’t live in nature, we find ways to stay aware and in tune.
What has inspired you to combine environmental activism with your art?
My first solo album, The Redwood Project, produced in 1999, was originally composed as the soundtrack to a documentary film about the clearcutting of the redwood forests in Northern California.  I was living in the area at the time and spent a lot of time hiking in those incredible forests.  That experience birthed my coming out with environmentalism and influenced my art in a big way.  But really, the environmentalist in me is not separate from anything I do in either my art or my life. It bleeds through into everything.
Where is your favorite place in nature to go to find solace or inspiration?
There’s a lake near the Oregon Coast where I’ve been going with my family for a number of years.  When I get into the canoe in the middle of the stillness, and watch osprey diving for fish or newts mating underwater or a beaver swimming by with a stick in its mouth, I come down a few notches and remember what makes the world go round.

Volunteers Rock!
We want to thank all of the incredible volunteers who generously donated their time and energy this year.  Rock the Earth would not exist without the support and consideration of individuals who want to make a difference and we applaud their commitment.
If you would like to get more involved, we are always looking for individuals who want make their voice heard. Here are just a few of the ways you can volunteer with Rock the Earth:
  • Participating in environmental education, membership solicitation and outreach at events
  • Providing regional coordination of events and volunteers
  • Supporting fundraising & membership drives Offering legal & technical assistance to RtE projects
  • Assisting with data entry & mailings in our Denver office
Contact volunteer@rocktheearth.org. For more information, visit www.rocktheearth.org.

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