Pearl Jam have invested $210,000 to plant trees in Washington to help offset the carbon footprint left behind by their 2009 US tour.
Looking to soak up an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the 32-date gig-run, the project also covers the damage caused by band’s own travel and hotel contributions, plus the emissions by fans who travelled to dates on the jaunt.
“Pearl Jam is a band but we are also a business,” guitarist Stone Gossard told Reuters. “We’re seeing ourselves as a Washington business, a regional business that is acknowledging its carbon footprint and hoping to inspire other businesses.”
This isn’t the first time Pearl Jam have helped to slow down climate change, when in 2003 they contributed $150,000 to help cover the environmental harm caused by the manufacturing and distribution of their 2002 album ‘Riot Act’.
As well as Washington, the band also want to build similar urban forests in Seattle, Kent, Kirkland and Redmond.