Posts Tagged ‘Stone Gossard’

Dig It

What happens when citizens, musicians, organizations, corporations and governments come together as one to solve environmental problems?  Dig It, a Timberland documentary, tells the story:

Revolving around tree planting actions and beautification efforts in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Dig It focuses on the economic, health and safety impacts of tree planting (and the impacts of NOT having trees) and features passionate perspective on the issue of climate change from such diverse advocates as musician Stone Gossard, climate documentarian James Balog and Timberland’s own Jeff Swartz.  Dig It is directed by acclaimed photographer and film maker Danny Clinch.

We’ll be featuring parts of the Dig it documentary here on the Bootmakers Blog in weeks to come; to view the film in its entirety and to learn more about Timberland’s tree planting commitment and projects, click here.

Rock the Bike!

Last week we mentioned the fact that Timberland’s Dig It event in San Francisco would be powered, in part, by human energy via a bicycle-powered generator.  Stone Gossard was so inspired by seeing the bikes in use during the daytime service event that he then used them to power his live concert at the Grand Ballroom that night.  You can view the bikes (and Stone) in action here.

One act of innovative environmental consciousness inspiring a second similar act of consciousness – that’s Earthkeeping at its best.  Our thanks to the folks at Rock the Bike for helping us make Dig It San Francisco a powerful event, in more ways than one.

 

Digging It in Outer Sunset

This Saturday, October 18 marks Timberland’s fourth and final Dig It event of the year, taking place in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset neighborhood.  An environmentally-underserved community, Outer Sunset suffers from a lack of trees which exacerbates the city’s water drainage issue with serious consequences; water runs over the concrete jungle of the neighborhood, picks up a variety of chemical pollutants and runs untreated into storm water drains that take the water straight to San Francisco bay. 

To reduce the runoff issues and improve the environmental quality of life in the community, local nonprofit Friends of the Urban Forest will lead volunteers in planting nearly 200 trees this weekend.  Friends of the Urban Forest helps communities plant over 1,000 trees each year, while also engaging local residents in the ongoing maintenance of existing trees through its Tree Care program. 

Friends of the Urban Forest bringing green to the streets of San Francisco

Further increasing the positive environmental impact of Saturday’s Dig It event:  A bicycle-powered generator will help provide clean power to the effort, and volunteers will be shuttled around the service area in a bus fueled by 75% biodiesel.

Stone Gossard fans, this is your last chance this year to see him live in exchange for a few hours of Earthkeeping labor!  To register for Saturday’s Dig It event, click here … and stay tuned for photos, clips and results from all four Dig It events.

The Power of YES

The rigorous training program (8 hours a day, 5 days a week) teaches students the disciplines of landscape design, arboriculture, hydrology and urban forestry.  They learn proper techniques for pruning shrubs and trees, monitoring water quality and removing exotic species.  It sounds like a college-level course, but in fact it’s the Youth Environmental Steward (YES) program managed by North East Trees – a Los Angeles, CA nonprofit organization helping at-risk youth become environmental stewards.

North East Trees has several important initiatives aimed at restoring nature’s services in resource-challenged communities; to date, the organization has planted over 20,000 trees, created over 35 parks and facilitated other landscape improvements, including habitat restoration along the Los Angeles River and across Los Angeles County.  The YES program offers environmental and community support in a slightly different manner, combining education and training to help develop community work force, build individual character and ensure their restoration projects will be maintained into the future.  To date, thousands of local youth have completed the YES program, with many going on to find employment within the green industry.

Hands-on education in North East Trees’ YES program

North East Trees and many of its youth stewards will be on hand tomorrow, October 11, for Timberland’s third Dig It event taking place at the William Mead housing facility – one of Los Angeles’ largest housing public housing communities and home to some 1,400 residents.  In addition to planting 250 trees and creating a community garden, volunteers will learn how to select, plant and care for trees appropriate for their living environment. 

Click here to register for the LA Dig It event and for more information about the evening celebration at Avalon featuring musicians like Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard.  To learn more about North East Trees and their efforts to cultivate youth stewards and preserve local communities, visit their website.

No Sleep Till (we’re done greening) Brooklyn

The population of New York City is expected to increase by a million new residents in the next twenty-five years. That’s a lot more people living in an already crowded city … and an additional challenge to the effort underway to maintain and create parks and open space. Thankfully, organizations like the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) are up for the challenge. 

NYRP was founded in 1995 by entertainer Bette Midler to be the “conservancy of forgotten places” – to reclaim, restore and develop under-resourced parks, community gardens and other open spaces in New York City.  To date, NYRP and its partner agencies and community groups have reclaimed more than 400 acres of under-resourced and rundown parkland, removed over 875 tons of garbage from project sites and served over 10,000 at-risk urban youth with free environmental education programs.

NYRP volunteers revitalizing a community garden

This Saturday, October 4, Timberland and NYRP will work to improve the “green” quality of life for more than 4,000 residents of the Van Dyke and Tilden Houses in Brooklyn by planting 450 new trees and building community gardens.  This will be the second of Timberland’s Dig It events taking place this month, and volunteers who participate in the daytime service event will be rewarded with an evening celebration at the Warsaw Theater, featuring Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard among other environmental artists and activists. 

To learn more about NYRP’s environmental initiatives, visit their website.  And to experience Earthkeeping in action, join us in Brooklyn this weekend (click here to register).