It's April 22, which means... Happy Earth Day, y'all!
It's time to celebrate Mother Earth and remember to treat her well, because she's very, very good to you. Many musicians are already on top it—and not just one day per year.
To help protect the earth and promote eco-friendly action, Fuse is highlighting 12 of the greenest musicians and the causes they support. Some drop big cash—like Justin Timberlake funding a $16 million eco-friendly golf course—while others offer simple, but effective ideas for going green—see Jason Mraz's Instagram tips. But their goal is the same: a clean, healthy, sustainable planet.
Check out Fuse's ultra-green musicians and keep the Earth Day celebrations going with these 20 environmentally friendly songs.
- Spent $16 million dollars to open eco-friendly Mirimichi Golf Course, which is the first of its kind in the U.S.
- Honored with the Futures Award at the 2011 Environmental Media Association Awards. The award is given to a person "just hitting [his/her] stride in terms of environmental commitment and activism."
- Created the Jason Mraz Foundation, which helps sustain environment protection programs like Surfrider (for oceans and beaches) and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
- Launched the "Tree is a Four Letter Word" 2012 summer tour with Reverb, a non-profit organization that supports local environmental causes. Each tour stop featured "Eco-Villages" to help fans learn about local green nonprofits.
- Consistently offers green tips and photos of himself helping the environment on his Instagram account.
- Donated $100,000 to nine organizations working on climate change, renewable energy and similar causes in 2006.
- Gave $50,000 to help fund the preservation of a Madagascan rainforest that would have been cut down.
- Located where band CDs were manufactured to determine if harmful chemicals were used in production.
- Performed at the Green Inaugural Ball, an event celebrating President Obama's focus on sustainable energy.
- Partnered with Reverb, like Jason Mraz, for a super-green 2009 tour that included an investment in wind farms to offset the carbon footprint from the tour.
- Launched his Show Me Campaign in 2007 to improve life (provide clean water, agricultural tools, etc.) for poverty-stricken residents of Mbola, Tanzania.
- Donated over $8.5 million internationally (via the band's BAMA Works Fund) to bolster local environmentalism.
- Fans who set up recycling, water and environmental info stations at DMB concerts were given free passes to 2009 shows.
- Created MobyGratis.com, a website that offers artists and filmmakers his music for free as long as the royalties go to the Humane Society.
- Helped edit the book Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety- Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat.
- Majorly involved with Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
- Launched Willie Nelson Biodiesel company in order to sell BioWillie, his own brand of alternative fuel made largely from soybeans.
- Created Farm Aid, the 28-year-running concert series that supports American family farmers.
- Collaborated with Ben & Jerry's to sell "Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler Ice Cream" with all proceeds going to Farm Aid. Yum!
- Neutralized her 2004 tour's carbon output by planting over 1,500 trees in Scotland.
- Works with the Carbon Neutral Company, which provides estimates in usage and reduction. KT tallies electricity usage in the studio and fuel used on tour to determine offsets.
- Teamed with TreeHugger, a media outlet working to make green causes mainstream, to promote climate change awareness at the 2010 Shift Festival.
- Crow and her crew used biodegradable and compostable catering, biodiesel fuel and reusable water bottles on tour in 2010. The initiative saved the equivalent of 81 homes' annual electricity usage.
- Created Eco-Villages at concerts with info booths from more than 50 environmental groups.
- Partnered with StopGlobalWarming.org on a college tour and teamed with ZimRide to encourage carpooling to concerts.
- Worked with PETA on the "Stop the Violince: Go Veg" ad.
- Hosted a Pre-Grammy Jam & Green Carpet Bash, inviting artists to jam to raise awareness about green issues.
- Named themselves after a part of a plant... and plants give us life, yo!