Pearl Jam and Conservation International Join Forces to Offset Carbon Footprint of Band’s Brazil Tour
ARLINGTON, VA (March 16, 2018) – Pearl Jam will voluntarily mitigate an estimated 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions produced from their upcoming Brazilian tour dates on March 21 and 24 in partnership with Conservation International. The band has purchased a ‘carbon offset’ via Amazonia Live, in support of the world’s largest tropical reforestation project which aims to restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon.
The funds from this offset will be invested in an agroforest project at the Uatumã Reserve. This investment will also directly benefit 27 families, employing 30 people as seed collectors, nursery workers, planters and agricultural technicians.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Pearl Jam in protecting the Amazon and spreading the message of its significance well beyond its borders. The Amazon benefits communities that depend upon it for their livelihoods as well as people across the globe. Twenty percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from the Amazon, its forests provide thirty percent of the solution to climate change,” said Rodrigo Medeiros, Vice President of Conservation International Brazil. “Having a global artist like Pearl Jam join us in this effort is exactly what we need to keep people and the planet thriving.”
“As a band, it’s important for us to recognize the environmental impact of our tours and do what we can to mitigate that,” said Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard. “This Amazonia Live project is exciting because it helps to offset the CO2 we will emit with our Brazilian tour dates, while providing local employment and food security opportunities.”
Pearl Jam has a longstanding relationship with Conservation International, including a 2015 partnership to offset the CO2 produced during their Latin American and U.S. tour dates, with an investment in Conservation International’s Alto Mayo Project in Peru, and the CarbonFund.org Foundation’s Valparaiso Amazon Rainforest Project in Brazil.
“Amazonia Live” is part of a partnership that includes Conservation International, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio), the Socioambiental Institute (ISA) and Rock in Rio.
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Amazonia Live
Amazonia Live is a Rock in Rio socio-environmental initiative in partnership with Conservation International, Funbio and ISA, the World Bank, GEF and the Brazilian Government. In September 2017, during the opening ceremony of Rock in Rio, the ubermodel Gisele Bundchen and the Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo announced to the world the largest tropical reforestation project in the world to take place in the Amazon rainforest, where 73 million trees will be restored in 30,000 hectares (nearly 70,000 acres), equivalent to the size of 30,000 soccer fields, by 2023. This initiative will help Brazil move toward its Paris Agreement target of reforesting 12 million hectares of land by 2030. The project is the result of a partnership between Conservation International, the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio), the Socioambiental Institute (ISA) and Rock in Rio. Other partners are being added to this initiative permanently in order to increase this ambitious forest restoration that will benefit people all over the world, since we all depend on the Amazon to thrive. Learn more about Amazonia Live: http://www.amazonialive.com.br/