Music moves people to do powerful things

Music moves people to do powerful things and now artists are using this power to strengthen the environmental movement. The Patagonia Music Collection allows artists to donate the proceeds from certain songs to environmental groups, not only educating their fans, but giving them an easy way to support the causes that are important to the artists. An avid environmentalist himself, Patagonia founder and owner Yvon Chouinard is very excited about this endeavor. “My hope is that fans see their favorite artists supporting the environment and want to get involved themselves. The groups these musicians are supporting are the ones that are ultimately going to save the planet.”

The songs can be purchased in albums that have been released or as singles, for $0.99 at The Patagonia music collection website or at Patagonia stores. The artists come from diverse backgrounds, but that is helping participating organizations to reach a variety of audiences. From Zac Brown to the String Cheese Incident, fans from all walks of life are able to take an active role in the environmental movement. “At Patagonia, we acknowledge that there is an environmental crisis and that we have a responsibility to use our business in ways that inspire solutions to that crisis. Working with artists to help fund critical work of grassroots environmental organizations is one creative approach that not only raises money but increases awareness and activism,” says Lisa Pike, the director of environmental initiatives for Patagonia.

Many of the organizations are also supporters of Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green ® campaign, the largest environmental service campaign in the world. A Billion Acts of Green inspires and rewards both simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability. The artists that are supporting organizations that are participating in A Billion Acts of Green are:

  • RaRa Riot – “The Orchard (friendly ghost remix)” – Conservation Alliance
  • Umphrey’s McGee – “Hajimemashite” – Climate Cycle
  • Bonnie Raitt and Jon Cleary – “so Damn Good (live) – Earth Justice
  • Zac Brown – “Cold Hearted (live) – Urban Farming
  • Abigail Washburn – “Sala (usa)” – Roots & Shoots
  • Kingsley – “The Last Man (acoustic)”- Surfrider Foundation Oahu
  • String Cheese Incident – “Barstool (live)” – Rock the Earth
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) – “When It All Comes Down” – Good Earth Singers
  • Devotchka – “Firetrucks on a Boardwalk” – Gulf Restoration Network
  • William Elliott Whitmore – “Hard Times (live)” – Urban Farming
  • Dolorean – “Disputed Trail” – 5Gyres

By purchasing one of the songs by these artists, you are not only supporting them but also Earth Day Network’s A Billion Acts of Green ® campaign. To register your Act of Green, www.act.earthday.org.