Don’t you love an environmentally aware rock star? Well, we sure do! In honor of Earth Day (April 22), we’ve put together a list of the of the greenest, most Earth-loving rockers who make us want to conserve more energy, use less water, and run our cars on doughnut grease!
Quite possibly the innovator of using biodiesel in the rock community, Neil Young ran each of his seventeen tour vehicles on an environmentally clean soy bean/vegetable oil fuel. While Young has been an activist since the 70s, he still makes it his business to speak out about the damaging effects of CO2 and the perks of replacing fossil fuels with bio electric alternatives. In 2012, Young released Americana, the “subtle political record” lets the world know that his fight for the environment is far from over.
Who knew plaid was biodegradable? Pearl Jam has been promoting environmentally friendly grunge for over 10 years and is pretty proud of it. Guitarist Stone Gossard has even boasted that his 1982 Mercedes Benz runs on used vegetable oil and “smells a bit like a wonton.” The band even rides around in a biodiesel-fueled tour bus and in 2006 Pearl Jam announced they’d be offsetting their tour’s carbon footprint with their Carbon Portfolio Strategy. The Strategy would donate 100,000 to nine non-profit organizations involved in renewable energy and various environmental causes in an effort to bring Pearl Jam’s net CO2 emissions down to 0%.
Possibly the busiest activists on our list, U2 covers all of their bases when trying to make the world a better place. From their affiliation with (RED) to working with Greenpeace, this band seems to do it all. The group has protested the opening of a nuclear power plant in England and back in 2010 they helped save Russia’s Khimki forest from being turned into a highway. Meanwhile, lead singer Bono took things a step further driving a car that runs exclusively on Ethanol, and starting his own environmentally (and socially) conscious clothing line, EDUN.
Linkin Park proved they weren’t “Numb” to global environmental issues when the band took a break from their 2008 tour to work with Habitat For Humanity. Using a very hands-on approach, they helped build eco-friendly homes in the Big Easy after the devastating effects of hurricane Katrina. Their nonprofit organization, Music For Relief has raised over $4 million since its creation in 2005, and has since offered its support after hurricanes Sandy, Rita, and the earthquake in Haiti.
When this trio of American Idiots isn’t rockin’ out on stage, they’re using their influence to promote smarter energy policies and support the Move America Beyond Oil Campaign. With the help of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Green Day has raised money to slow global warming and stop deforestation. And thanks to some pretty cool dog tags designed by Billie Joe Armstrong and his wife, trees are planted in a “rejuvenated rainforest in Costa Rica.”