For the past 3 years, REVERB and the Environmental Investigation Agency have collaborated in engaging musicians and their fans to take action against illegal logging. “Getting In Tune” exposes the dangers of illegal logging and puts artists at the forefront of halting this destructive industry. See artists including Jason Mraz, Michael Franti, Razia Said, and members of Maroon 5, Guster and Linkin Park lend their voice to the fight against illegal logging. Learn more about REVERB’s work to stop illegal logging here and more from EIA here.
Rainforest Deforestation: Nearly half of all rainforest deforestation is a result of illegal logging, when trees are essentially stolen from national parks or other protected areas.
Climate Change: Illegal logging is a leading contributor to climate change and stopping illegal logging is the one of the most affordable means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Human Rights Violations: Illegal logging operations are usually controlled by organized crime, and human rights violations are frequent, such as forced labor, sexual abuse, and violence against indigenous groups and forest-dependent communities.
Job Cuts and Economic Losses: Illegal loggers do not pay for permits, evade taxes, and pay next to nothing for labor, driving down the price for wood. Legitimate businesses cannot compete, leading to job losses in the US forest products industry. Developing countries have lost an estimated $10 billion to illegal logging.
Species Extinction: Illegal logging is destroying the habitat and leading to the hunting of endangered wildlife, threatening the survival of lemurs, tigers, pandas, orangutans, gorillas, elephants, jaguars, and other animals.
Legislative Work – The Lacey Act
In 2008, the United States exercised global leadership to address illegal logging. Passed with bi-partisan support, the US Lacey Act now prohibits the import of wood that was logged illegally. This law has contributed to a 22 percent decline in illegal logging around the world and has saved a billion tons of carbon from being emitted, earning it a silver medal from the United Nations as one of the most important forest conservation laws in the world.
In 2012, REVERB co-founder and Guster frontman Adam Gardner testified to Congress in opposition to proposed bills to weaken the Lacey Act:
The Musician’s Pledge
Widespread illegal logging is placing at risk the wood we treasure in our musical instruments, and thus the future of music as we know it. As musicians dedicated to our art and to protecting the earth’s natural resources, we call on everyone involved in the sourcing, crafting and production of musical instruments to join us in our commitment to eliminate all trade in illegally logged timber and forest products. We will not buy a new instrument without asking where the wood comes from and if it was harvested legally and sustainably.
We support the Lacey Act and other laws that prohibit trade in illegally sourced wood and we oppose any efforts to weaken the Lacey Act. We urge lawmakers, suppliers and craftsmen to ensure that our art has a positive impact on the environment rather than contributing to forest destruction. We call on our fellow musicians to do the same.
Please lend your voice to help protect rainforests from illegal logging.
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