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Carpooling for Carbon Offsets (and Rock)

Often when a small band makes a plea for you to buy their merch at a show, they'll remark that all the cash they make from the t-shirts and CDs is going to go directly into their gas tank so they can continue on their tour. In the reality of nearly $5/gallon gas, it's a wonder that some small bands are able to go on tour at all.

The other side of that coin is when you're a bigger band, already headed out on tour, maybe in a bus or a two, you're going to make a pretty big carbon footprint as you motor around the country. Or, if you're a band that draws a lot of fans, or playing a gig (e.g. festival) that will draw a large audience, the very people who love you the most are going to leave the biggest carbon footprint. In light of that, at least a few artists heading to the Chicago area are trying to minimalize their impact on the environment.

In a fan newsletter out today, Andrew Bird (who'll play for free in Millennium Park Sept. 3) is requesting that fans help to reduce the show's carbon footprint by traveling to the show via footpower, bikes, or public transit.

[A new version of a video for Bird's song "Lull", featuring Chicago band Dianogah, from the Daytrotter Session is here.]

In a style true to their minimalist indie-rock moniker, Duluth, Minnesota group Low is using a portion of ticket presales for their Sept. 17th show at Epiphany Episcopal to pay for carbon offsets for their fall tour.

[A video for Low's song "Breaker" can be viewed here.]

Do you think about your carbon footprint when you head to a show? How about an out-of-town festival (or for that matter, a Chicago one)? Would you consider changing your travel plans (or buying carbon credits) based on the environmental impact?

 
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