Dave Matthews Band Designated as UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador
REVERB and Dave Matthews Band Receive Honor on World Environment Day
- Genre : More Music
- Type: News
- Author : Team ARTISTdirect
- Date : Wed, 05 Jun 2019
For their powerful environmental
advocacy and large-scale engagement of their fan base to take action for the planet, the United Nations Environment Programme has designated Dave Matthews Band as a Goodwill Ambassador. This is the first time a full band has received this recognition.
The band and nonprofit partner REVERB have been working together since 2005 on theBamaGreen Project - an ambitious set of environmental efforts undertaken by the band on the road, in the studio, and at home, as well as the education, mobilization and resulting actions of DMB fans around the globe.
Entering the 15th year of the DMB/REVERB partnership, the band and the nonprofit have calculated the impact of their efforts and released a comprehensive report detailing the results of their work. Their efforts have led to REVERB becoming UN Environment's Music and Public Engagement Partner - harnessing the power of music to unite millions of fans around the globe to tackle today's most pressing environmental issues.
Achievements over the course of 15 years, 20 tours, 578 concerts and 10 million fans:
- 121,000,000 pounds of C02 eliminated
- 478,000 single-use plastic bottles eliminated at shows
- 731,000 fan actions at shows
- $2 million raised by fans for environmental causes
- 477,000 gallons of locally produced biodiesel used in tour fleet vehicles
- 338,000 gallons of recycling collected
- 138,000 pounds of food waste composted
- 2100 family farms supported
- 24,500 volunteer hours
- 1,000 non-profit organizations hosted in Eco-Village
"It's desperate times, and we all need to work together to have hope for the future, hope for our children, and hope for the planet," stated Dave Matthews at the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassadorship ceremony at their St. Louis tour stop.
"We wholeheartedly welcome the entertainment industry in joining government, civil society and private sector leaders in the fight for positive climate solutions," said Barbara Hendrie, Director of the UN Environment Office for North America. "Musical artists are in a unique position to use their platforms as performers and public figures to build awareness and engage their fans to take action on a very large scale."
The designation of Dave Matthews Band comes on the occasion of World Environment Day, the UN's annual call for action on environmental protection. Celebrated annually on June 5th, the theme for this year's commemoration is air pollution, an issue leading to around seven million deaths each year globally. Through a global campaign, UN Environment is calling on everyone to #BeatAirPollution by making ambitious lifestyle changes; using public transport, car sharing, cycling or walking; reducing consumption of meat and dairy; and saving energy by turning off lights and electronics when not in use, for example.
For every show of the band's North American tours, REVERB designs a comprehensive sustainability program that looks at the overall environmental footprint and works with band and crew members to mitigate the environmental toll of touring. Efforts include fueling trucks and buses with biodiesel, sourcing local farm food for catering, single-use plastic reduction, composting and recycling backstage and offsetting tour carbon emissions by helping fund the creation of projects like solar and wind energy.
The partnership extends beyond greening their tours to include Dave Matthews Band's dedicated fan base. At a time when it's hard for an individual person to feel like they can make a difference with an issue as big as global warming, the band and REVERB offer an empowering platform for millions of DMB fans to "band together and be bigger than the issues we face."
Each show features the BamaGreen Eco-Village in