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Walk The Walk - Socially Aware Tour

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 25, 2005 6:38PM

When Jack Johnson's caravan rolls into town for his sold out show at Northerly Island on Sunday night, they will do so using biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel made from domestic, renewable resources that contains no petroleum. The fuel is less toxic than ordinary table salt and biodegrades as fast as sugar.

That's not the only socially conscious thing that this tour will be doing. All the food and beverage containers used by the crew will be recycled and all catering leftovers will be donated to local food shelters through Rock and Wrap It Up.

As if that wasn't enough, 1% of the revenue from Johnson's latest CD In Betweeen Dreams is going to the 1% For The Planet organization, an alliance of businesses who believe in environmental responsibility. These actions don't come with a cheap price tag, but as Johnson put it - "If you can afford to have all these trucks and buses out, you can afford to do it."

Sunday's show is sold out, but remember one can always listen from the lakefront for free. Chicagoist applauds the tour for reducing it's ecological footprint and we hope that this becomes a more common occurrence for acts to not only talk the talk, but to walk the walk.