John Butler Trio Offer Green Ticket Option For US Tour
Eco Friendly Daily
FEBRUARY 12, 2014
'The John Butler Trio, who have just been nominated for five awards at the Australian ARIA awards, are heading to the US for a nationwide tour on November 1st to promote their latest album Grand National, and like all of their recent tours around the globe, they are offering fans a chance to upgrade to a green ticket. By choosing to pay an extra 40 cents fans can offset the CO2 emissions they create by traveling to JBT shows, and the extra fee helps to fund renewable energy company Native Energy. As well as the green ticket option the band will also be taking further eco-action during their tour. The green initiatives include using bio-diesel to fuel the tour bus, offering an organic cotton merchandise option to fans, using 100% recycled paper and soy based inks for all printed materials, requesting organic food backstage at all shows and offsetting the tour’s remaining CO2 emissions by purchasing renewable wind energy credits. Unlike events like Live Earth, however, the John Butler Trio’s green efforts aren’t just a one off. John Butler has campaigned for environmental and indigenous rights ever since he hit the big time in Australia, and in 2005 he also founded the John Butler Seed — an Arts Grant Fund devoted to promoting social activism and education through the arts, and to helping other artists follow in his footsteps – from busker to one of Australia’s favorite musicians. As well as some great music, anyone attending a John Butler Trio concert this November can also expect a little political chat between songs too, especially as the Australian General Elections take place at the end of November – an event which will effect Australia’s stance on issues such as nuclear power, the war in Iraq and water conservation in Australia. Green News'