Pearl Jam Commit To $200 Per Ton Of CO2 For Carbon Offset Strategy

Pearl Jam are taking steps to help offset their carbon footprint. The band will be paying $200 per ton of CO2 during their live shows in an effort to be more eco-friendly.

The band shared more information regarding their plans on their official website:

“When asked to think of the legendary rock group Pearl Jam, the band performing on stage is likely the first image to come to mind, but Pearl Jam is more than a band. As a company, Pearl Jam has to move tons of equipment and people around the globe and stand up and tear down events for tens of thousands of people in a day. In 2003, Pearl Jam began looking at how to track and mitigate its large touring carbon footprint. Since then, the band has made investments totaling over $1 million dollars to offset carbon emissions from touring, putting its money behind the philosophy that private business must acknowledge its role in climate change and voluntarily and substantially invest to accelerate the world’s shift to a renewable economic system.

In continuing their ongoing commitment to acknowledge and address the band’s carbon footprint, Pearl Jam committed to paying $200 per ton of carbon as its minimum continuing baseline for its Gigaton tour. Globally, the carbon offset market varies widely, with the average falling into $1-15 per ton.

“We are not going to move to a carbon-neutral economy without a massive shift in priorities and behavior. We need huge amounts of capital to innovate, invest, and problem solve to create brand new systems, and we need those investments to be smart and persistent,” says rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard. “By committing to this aggressive pricing, we hope to amplify our efforts tenfold, highlight the most compelling avenues for carbon sequestration, mitigation, and reduction, and hopefully gather many partners who share our urgency to make the enormous efforts and innovations required to move our world to a carbon balanced and more conscious economy.”

Though big rock tours have significant impacts and will continue to do so until electric trucks and aviation become commonplace, Pearl Jam believes the most promising route to change is to continue to do business while investing capital in different strategies to reduce C02 emissions. Recognizing there is not one silver bullet, the funds from the Gigaton tour will support a layered approach.

The portfolio runs the gamut from sustainable fuels to rainforest protection to photovoltaic technology. Through public awareness, Pearl Jam hopes to inspire other businesses and individuals to respond to climate change individually and wherever possible, collectively investigating and investing in carbon-reducing and mitigating technology, and to do so at a meaningful level.

Securing Protection of Kayapo Indigenous Territories – Partnering with the International Conservation Fund of Canada & Kayapo Indigenous people, Pearl Jam is investing significant resources to help the Kayapo secure the borders of their 22 million acres in the Amazon. Indigenous lands provide global-scale environmental benefits and retain 25.5% of all carbon stocks in Brazil. Kayapo lands contain (above and below ground) an estimated 2.5 billion tons of carbon, or 9 billion tons of CO2, the equivalent of 1.7 years of total U.S. CO2 emissions. Pearl Jam’s investment will support a less traditional approach to carbon offsetting by enabling the Kayapo Indigenous people to build guard posts and increase surveillance along the 1,375 miles of Kayapo lands’ border to protect the 22 million acres of pristine rainforest.

Harvesting the Sun on Farms – Pearl Jam is supporting the establishment of the Agrivoltaics Research and Demonstration Station on a part of Warren Wilson College’s 1,200 acre sustainable farm and forestry landscape. Elevated agrivoltaics produce power overhead while farmers continue farming crops, pasture grasses, and livestock grazing underneath. Recent global mapping found it would require just two percent of existing cultivated farmland to install agrivoltaics to generate virtually all of the world’s total energy demands for all purposes in all sectors. Warren Wilson is one of the nation’s premier experiential work colleges, located near Asheville, North Carolina.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel – Pearl Jam is offsetting its aviation travel through the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel from JetBlue Airways in partnership with the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Association. While acknowledging sustainable aviation fuel is an imperfect situation, the reality that large airplanes will not be electrified like smaller aircraft make biofuels imperative for the next several decades. It hopes its investment in sustainable aviation fuel which can lower aviation emissions by upwards of 60 percent will catalyze both supply markets and the necessary oversight to ensure fuels are sourced ethically.

The Nature Conservancy – Pearl Jam is supporting the Washington Rainforest Renewal Project, a forest carbon offset project managed by The Nature Conservancy. Washington’s coastal rainforest is part of the distinctive Emerald Edge landscape spanning across Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. The region is home to one of earth’s largest carbon reservoirs, iconic biodiversity and more than 200 indigenous communities and First Nations who have been stewards of this landscape since time immemorial.

Bringing Electric School Buses to the Masses – Pearl Jam is collaborating with Highland Electric Fleets to help empower people around North America to advocate for clean, healthy electric school buses in their communities. The leading provider of fleet electrification-as-a-service in North America, Highland is on a mission to make electric fleets accessible and affordable for all. The company helps school districts, governments, and fleet operators upgrade to electric fleets today for the same cost as or less than their current costs to purchase, operate, and maintain their diesel buses. Active in 30 states and Canada, Highland is responsible for the largest electric school bus deployment in the United States. Pearl Jam is supporting Highland to codify and promote best practices, educational materials, and lessons learned into a simple advocacy toolkit for communities across the country.

In addition to the role of business, the band also hits on individuals’ opportunities as voters to move the issue forward. The band urges everyone to vote for representatives that can commit to supporting policies that make green energy and engineering innovation attractive and build momentum for this transformation. Pearl Jam hopes its efforts will inspire sustained and persistent engagement with a myriad of efforts – in business, policy, and technology – to ultimately transform economies to carbon neutral.”

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Watch Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Perform U.S. National Anthem Before Seattle Mariners Vs. Detroit Tigers Doubleheader

Yesterday (October 4), Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready performed the U.S. national anthem before the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers’ doubleheader at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, WA. You can find some footage of that below:

Pearl Jam Cancel Amsterdam Concert

Pearl Jam have cancelled their July 24 show in Amsterdam, NET. This news comes after the band recently cancelled their shows in Prague, CZE and Vienna, AUT due to Eddie Vedder suffering from throat issues.

The band issued the following statement:

“Cancellation Notice for Amsterdam Night 1

In spite of continuous medical treatment, Ed is regretfully still without a voice and unable to perform tonight’s show at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

This is again the worst possible scenario for the band. We wholeheartedly apologize to all that worked so hard to put on the show and those supporters we looked forward to seeing.

Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

Thank you enormously for your continued understanding. All of our energies will now be focused on having a show tomorrow.

Pearl Jam”

Pearl Jam Cancel Prague Concert

Pearl Jam have cancelled their July 22 show in Prague, CZE. This news comes after the band previously cancelled their Vienna, AUT show due to Eddie Vedder suffering throat issues from dust and smoke arising from the fires in France.

The band issued the following statement:

“Cancellation Notice for Prague

We were hopeful that Ed would make a recovery in time to perform tomorrow. He has seen a doctor in Prague and is continuing the treatments for his vocal cords, but unfortunately, there is still no voice available. The effects on his throat from the last outdoor show are still just too brutal.

We again send our sincere apologies to all of those who have worked intensely to put on the show. Even bigger apologies to those that were expecting to attend. We’ve always had memorable shows here and are with you in our extreme disappointment.

You can be guaranteed we are doing everything we can to help fix the situation. Again, so sorry.

Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

Thank you immensely for your understanding.

Pearl Jam”

Pearl Jam Cancel Vienna, Austria Concert

Pearl Jam have cancelled their July 20 show in Vienna, Austria. The band were unable to move forward with the concert due to Eddie Vedder suffering throat issues from dust and smoke arising from fires in France.

The band issued the following statement:

“To all those who were anticipating a great Pearl Jam show tonight in Vienna, we were too. However, due to the extreme circumstances at the last outdoor site outside of Paris (heat, dust, and smoke from the fires) our singer Ed Vedder’s throat was left damaged. He has seen doctors and had treatment but as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered.

This is brutal news and horrible timing…for everyone involved.

Those who work so hard to put on the shows as well as those who give their precious time and energies to attend….

As a band, we are deeply sorry and have tried to find options to still play. And Ed wants to play. There’s just no throat available at this time…

So very, very deeply sorry.

Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

Thank you for understanding.

Pearl Jam”

Pearl Jam Premiere “Quick Escape” Video, Plan To Perform At New York’s Apollo Theater For SiriusXM Subscribers

Pearl Jam have premiered a new video for their song “Quick Escape.” That track is from the band’s latest album “Gigaton.” With this news, the group have also announced that they will be playing an invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers at New York’s Apollo Theater on September 10. The show is being held as part of SiriusXM’s “Small Stage Series” and it will air on Pearl Jam Radio (channel 22). Further information can be found HERE. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said the following about the event:

“As we promised in 2020, and for the first time, we are thrilled to bring one of the greatest rock bands ever to the legendary Apollo Theater for a historic, once-in-a lifetime, performance exclusively for our SiriusXM subscribers. Pearl Jam Radio has become a primary destination for fans and they won’t want to miss this.”

Pearl Jam Announce “Tour Edition” Of “Gigaton”

Pearl Jam will be releasing a “tour edition” of their latest album “Gigaton” on July 8. The effort will be available as a limited edition LP/CD set and digitally. The vinyl will include the original track listing, while the CD will include 11 live songs. Members of the band’s fan club will also have access to the CD as a standalone release.

“Gigaton” Track Listing:

01. “Who Ever Said”
02. “Superblood Wolfmoon”
03. “Dance Of The Clairvoyants”
04. “Quick Escape”
05. “Alright”
06. “Seven O’Clock”
07. “Never Destination”
08. “Take The Long Way”
09. “Buckle Up”
10. “Come Then Goes”
11. “Retrograde”
12. “River Cross”

“Gigaton” Live CD Track Listing:

01. “Superblood Wolfmoon” (Live)
02. “Dance Of The Clairvoyants” (Live)
03. “Quick Escape” (Live)
04. “Seven O’Clock” (Live)
05. “Alright” (Live)
06. “Never Destination” (Live)
07. “Take The Long Way” (Live)
08. “Buckle Up” (Live)
09. “Comes Then Goes” (Live)
10. “Retrograde (Live)
11. “River Cross (Live)

Pearl Jam Cancel Two Shows After Jeff Ament Tests Positive For COVID-19

Pearl Jam have cancelled their upcoming shows in Sacramento, CA and Las Vegas, NV due to bassist Jeff Ament testing positive for COVID-19. He is the second member to test positive following drummer Matt Cameron, who recently had to miss some shows with the band.

The group issued the following statement:

“Important Cancelation Notice for Sacramento and Las Vegas

Dear PJ fans and ticket holders,

While the band battled through Oakland after drummer Matt Cameron tested positive for Covid, and Fresno where Ed and the band got through it with the help of Dave Krusen as special guest drummer, they now have to present the heartbreaking news that this morning bassist Jeff Ament has tested positive for Covid.

This is horrible for everybody involved and we are especially sorry to those out there who have made plans to attend these shows.

Our attention to staying inside the bubble has been constant. We have truly done all that we could have to remain clear of infection.

Regretfully, the Sacramento and Las Vegas shows are canceled. Ticket refunds will be automatically processed to ticket holders’ method of purchase. We are so very sorry. Be safe out there.”

Watch Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen With Live Cover Of “Eruption”

During Pearl Jam’s May 9 show in Glendale, AZ, guitarist Mike McCready paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen with a live cover of “Eruption.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Pearl Jam Rejoined By Drummer Dave Krusen During Fresno, CA Show

During Pearl Jam’s May 16 show in Fresno, CA, the band were joined onstage by former drummer Dave Krusen for a number of songs from their debut album “Ten.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below. Krusen was among the musicians filling in for Matt Cameron, who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

[via Blabbermouth]