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Welcome to Green HighwaySM!
Green Highway is the nonprofit education and outreach arm at Bonnie Raitt concerts.   This website connects you to the issues and organizations involved with Green Highway. In August and September of 2009, Green Highway will be a part of the BonTaj Collective Action Fund activities on Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal's BonTaj Roulet tour. For more information and to vote on what causes are important to you, please visit www.bontaj.com/the collective.

"Quadrupling mass transit in every major city—worldwide—is an important part of a systemic solution. People need convenient, efficient, inexpensive mass transportation systems now!"

Randy Hayes, President
Rainforest Action Network

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NO NUKES
For breaking news on the grassroots movement
to fight the expansion of nuclear power,
please visit NUKEFREE.ORG

 
ISSUES:
Solar Power Wind Power


Biodiesel Forests


Nuclear Power


 

BONTAJ COLLECTIVE ACTION FUND
VIP CHARITY PARTNERS:

There will be local and national nonprofit organizations invited to join Green Highway at each concert, however the following organizations will host our VIP Charity after show meet and greet activites in the following cities (for a full tour schedule, please visit www.BonTaj.com):

Newark, NJ (8/11):
Little Kids Rock

Boston, MA (8/15):
Friends of Boston's Homeless

Vienna, VA (8/16):
Nuclear Information & Resource Service  and  Beyond Nuclear

Louisville, KY (8/19):
Mountain Top Roadshow and
Louisville Climate Action Network

Indianapolis, IN (8/25):
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana

Morrison, CO (8/30):
Women's Bean Project

Troutdale, OR (9/3):
Northwest Environmental Advocates

Eugene, OR (9/7):
Cascadia Wildlands Siskiyou Project and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Saratoga, CA (9/13):
Vote Solar

Albuquerque, NM (9/23):
Southwest Resource and Information Center

Phoenix, AZ (9/24):
Center for Biological Diversity


 

ABOUT GREEN HIGHWAYSM:
The sun, the wind and our own human ingenuity offer us wonderful solutions to the problems facing our earth. The "Green Highway" features exhibits of products and organizations that are working in harmony with the environment to bring us answers that are good for the economy, for jobs and for the quality of our lives for years to come.

Today we face serious threats from global warming, industrial pollution, radioactive wastes, deforestation, an overdependence on oil and a host of other challenges. But there are healthy alternatives and viable technologies that can help us to tread more lightly on the Earth. On Bonnie's 2005 tour, all buses and trucks are running on biodiesel and 30 of the 39 shows will be offset 100% by wind energy to make this tour as climate neutral as possible. At each of the theaters you'll discover the "Green Highway" display along with environmental organizations and green partners that are making an impact to improve our collective future.

Wind power, once considered a small sideshow in the energy scene, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing source of new electricity. Biodiesel is fast becoming one of the most environmentally friendly and accessible fuels to get us where we need to go.

What we continue to learn is that what's good for the environment is ultimately good for the economy and for employment. Things that we once considered "alternative" are now viable consumer choices that each of us can begin to make to have a positive impact — thus decreasing our footprint on the natural world. We're starting with greening this tour, and we encourage you to take this message of sustainability home with you to your families and your communities.

We invite you to peruse this website and visit each of the links provided which will introduce you to a range of groups and businesses that are working hard to win a cleaner, more prosperous and more secure planet for us all. This website is a companion to the living, breathing Green Highway Village travelling with the current Bonnie Raitt concert tour.

—Harvey Wasserman

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ISSUES:

SOLAR POWER
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Green Mountain Energy℠ Solar, at Berkeley, CA.
Built because of customer demand for cleaner electricity.


Solar energy takes many shapes and forms, and is rapidly becoming one of America's major growth industries. Photovoltaic (PV) cells, which transform sunlight directly into electricity, are now becoming a significant contributor to the electric supply system of emerging nations, which do not want to build large central power grids. PV is also becoming a factor in new home construction, thanks in part to breakthroughs that now allow roofing shingles and window glass to generate electricity on their own. Passive solar architecture provides free heating and cooling for millions of homes worldwide. Biomass---the use of crops for energy---is also emerging as a major growth industry. As is ocean thermal, which uses the temperature differential between warmer water at the ocean's surface and the cooler water below. In concert with wind power, there is no doubt that all the earth's energy needs can, and soon will, be supplied by the sun.

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WIND POWER

Clean and Green Wind Farm.
Built because of customer demand for cleaner electricity.


Wind Energy is the cheapest and fastest growing new source of energy capacity on earth.  About 6,374 megawatts of wind power capacity were installed in the U.S. (as of January 2004), generating over 16 billion kilowatt-hours annually. That is as much electricity as about 1.6 million average American households use each year!  Worldwide, wind power is the fastest growing power source — with an average annual growth rate of more than 30% per year, with the biggest gains in western Europe, especially Germany. Once considered a "tree hugger side show," wind power is now a multi-billion-dollar industry with limitless potential. Huge windmills offshore and in "the Saudi Arabia of Wind" between the Mississippi and the Rockies, will very soon be supplying a very substantial portion of our electricity cleanly, cheaply, safely and with great reliability.

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BIODIESEL

Biodiesel Fuel is domestically produced from natural, renewable resources such as vegetable oils, soybean oil and recycled restaurant grease. Biodiesel is like diesel fuel except it's organically produced. It is safe for the environment, biodegradable and produces less air pollution than diesel fuel.


Biodiesel is a new way to describe our oldest fuel. Plants, primarily wood, have been burned for their stored solar energy since the dawn of time. However, today we have advanced new ways of turning crops into power. Soy beans are being transformed into a high-grade diesel oil that powers huge trucks and buses---including ALL on Bonnie's tour. Corn is becoming ethanol, now being burned in millions of automobiles. (While Bonnie supports the use of crops as bio-fuels, she also supports organic growing methods, and is opposed to the spread of genetically modified foods.) Other fuel crops, such as switchgrass, jerusalem artichokes and industrial hemp--- stand waiting in the wings, with enormous potential. Even leftover cooking oil is being used to power vehicles. All that needs to happen to fully tap into this endless resource is to stop wasting our money on fossil fuels and failed experiments like nuclear power.

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NUCLEAR POWER

Byron Nuclear power plant near Rockford, IL.
Photo provided by the Union of Concerned Scientists.


Nuclear power is the most expensive technological failure in human history. Once touted as being "too cheap to meter," nukes have swallowed more than a trillion dollars in invested capital in the US alone. Yet today America's 100-plus reactors are more dangerous, unreliable and expensive than ever. In the long run, they cannot compete with wind power or emerging solar technologies. They are dangerously vulnerable to potential terrorist attacks. They are unreliable and unsafe in their day-to-day operations. They regularly emit deadly radiation which harms nearby children, their parents, and even future generations. Their radioactive waste problems remain a technological and political quaqmire. And despite the best promises of the industry's promoters, the reactors are rapidly deteriorating and becoming increasingly dangerous. In the wake of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, there is no sane future for nuclear power except a rapid phase-out in concert with the spread of renewables and efficiency.

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FORESTS

Pacific Lumber clearcuts surround remaining ancient redwood forest in the Headwaters complex at Shaw Creek. Aerial photo by NicholasWilson/LightHawk, September, 1995.


Priceless forests the world over are being destroyed for private profit, to the detriment of us all. Clear cutting, over logging, conversion of forest land to grazing land---they are turning our lush green forestland into barren deserts, causing runoff that destroys our rivers and streams, leaving ecological catastrophe where once there were vital ecosystems and the natural balancing mechanisms to combat global warming. We simply cannot afford to lose more irreplaceable forests to rapacious corporations whose only concern is their quarterly bank statement, rather than the long-term health of the planet

—Harvey Wasserman

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PAST PARTNERS:


Clean and Green is a member organization that delivers the benefits of clean energy to the homes and businesses of America.  Clean and Green members build healthier, stronger American communities by linking environmentally-conscious citizens, businesses, and non-profits with clean energy, producing new community-based renewable power and supporting new energy sustainability in America now.  
www.CleanandGreen.us

Community Energy is the leading retail marketer of wind-generated power nationally.  Their mission is to ignite the market and meet the demand for fuel-free electricity.  Choose the power of the next generation for your home or business.
www.NewWindEnergy.com

 

National Biodiesel Board
Biodiesel is a clean burning fuel made from renewable resources such as soybean oil and other fats and vegetable oils and can be used in an diesel engine.
www.Biodiesel.org


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GROUPS:

NIRS/WISE is the information and networking center for citizens and environmental organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues.
www.nirs.org
The State Public Interest Research Groups are an alliance of state-based, citizen-funded organizations that advocate for the public interest. The state PIRGs' mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented activism that protects the environment, encourages a fair marketplace for consumers and fosters responsive, democratic government.
www.pirg.org

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through grassroots organizing, education and non-violent direct action.
www.ran.org

VoteSolar.org initiative's mission is to promote a national transition to clean energy by empowering city governments to implement large-scale, cost-effective solar projects.
www.votesolar.org




Rock the Earth, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, national public interest environmental advocacy organization, is committed to protecting and defending America's natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community.
www.RocktheEarth.net
Deeply rooted within the music and environmental communities, Reverb educates and engages musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future.
www.reverbrock.org


 

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REGIONAL AND NATIONAL NONPROFITS INVOLVED WITH GREEN HIGHWAY ON PAST TOURS:
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability - www.ananuclear.org
Boston Area Solar Energy Association - www.basea.org
Bridging the Gap - www.bridgingthegap.org
Building for Social Responsibility - www.bsr-vt.org
CASE OK
Citizens' Environmental Coalition - www.cectoxic.org
Clean Air Cool Planet - www.cleanair-coolplanet.org
Clean Water Action - www.cleanwateraction.org
Environmental Advocates of New York - www.eany.org
Georgians Against Nuclear Energy
Greenaction - www.greenaction.org
Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition - www.ipsecinfo.org
Heartland Renewable Energy Society - www.heartland-res.org
K.C. Food Circle - www.foodcircles.missouri.edu
Los Angeles Audubon - www.laaudubon.org
Maine Solar Energy Association - www.mainesolar.org
Metropolitan Energy Center - www.kcenergy.org
New York Citizens Awareness Network - www.nukebusters.org
NC WARN - www.ncwarn.org
North America Water Office - www.nawo.org
Northeast Solar Energy Association - www.nesea.org
Northwest Environmental Advocates - www.northwestenvironmentaladvocates.org
Ohio Citizen Action - www.ohiocitizen.org
Peace Action of Central New York - www.peaceactioncny.org
Penn Future - www.pennfuture.org
Peace Network of the Ozarks - www.ozarkpeace.net
Rainforest Relief - www.rainforestrelief.org
Renew Wisconsin - www.renewwisconsin.org
Sierra Club (Nebraska) - nebraska.sierraclub.org
Solar Energy Association of Connecticut - www.solarenergyofct.org
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy - www.cleanenergy.org
Sustainable Energy Association of New Jersey
Sustainable Tulsa - www.sustainabletulsa.org
Tree People - www.treepeople.org
Tulsa Clean Cities - www.tulsacleancities.com
Watershed Committee of the Ozarks - www.watershedcommittee.org
WeEnergies - www.we-energies.com
Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes - www.digitup.org
Western Environmental Law Center - www.westernlaw.org
Western New York Sustainable Energy Association - www4.bfn.org/wnysea
Wind Action Group - www.greengold.org/wind



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THANKS:

Green Highway Co-Creators: Bonnie Raitt & Kathy Kane
Senior Advisor to Green Highway: Harvey Wasserman
Green Highway Co-Conspirators: Annie Heller-Gutwillig & Chloe Monahan
Nonprofit Tour Coordination: Mary Skerrett; Paula Ash
Special thanks to The Guacamole Fund (Tom Campbell, Diane Leigh Koletzke, Paula Ash and Jeff Smith) and ARIA Foundation's Melissa Sperandeo.
Executive Producer: Kathy Kane
Green Highway Logo: Norman Moore/DesignArt

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