Band Buys Trees to Offset Tour Emissions

By | April 29, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Pearl Jam are buying trees to make up for their tour. Pearl Jam has cut a deal with Conservation International to buy a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar.

The band has figured out their tour will create 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s from the trucks, buses and airplanes that will move their tour through its 30,000 mile route, plus the 1 million fans who will drive to see them. In addition, the forest is in a biodiversity hotspot and includes rare plants and animals, including three species of endangered lemurs.

The band recently caused a controversy when dozens of fans walked out of a Denver concert after lead singer Eddie Vedder took a mask of President Bush and impaled it on a microphone stand to express his opposition to the war in Iraq and Bush.