Rocking against climate change

It’s fitting that one of the first efforts from Musicians Fighting Climate Change is taking place during one of the hottest weeks of the summer. 

Launched earlier this year, Musicians Fighting Climate Change is an effort to do just what the name suggests: uniting bands and artists with efforts to help protect the environment and support efforts of climate change-based businesses and charities. 

On Friday, Brett Eamons of Kingston, Ont.’s The Glorious Sons will be joining forces with the Box & Jar pop-up shop, 2104 Dundas St. W, selling homemade baked goods and condiments to raise money to save 10 acres of Amazon rainforest. 

The fundraiser will take place between noon and 9 p.m. and will feature tasty treats including baked snacks, Red Goddess sauce, arugula pesto, strawberry jam, mustard, chocolate chip cookies, strawberry blondies, fudge brownies and other goodies. Money raised will be donated to the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy. Every 10 orders (a 16 oz jar of condiment and 6 baked goods) will save an acre of forest. 

Musicians Fighting Climate Change was started earlier this year by Michelle Owen, cofounder of 745 Music and tour manager for the Glorious Sons between September 2017 and July 2019. 

Box & Jar is dedicated to working toward fighting climate change and, each month, they come up with a new combination box of baked and jarred goods to benefit the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy. They also provide a delivery service of those packages across the GTA within a 40 km radius from St. Lawrence Market. 

Musicians Fighting Climate Change is a new voice in the effort to give artists a pathway toward climate advocacy. 

Earlier this year, the Canadian chapter of Music Declares Emergency (MDE) kicked off, featuring more than 200 artists including Tegan & Sara, LAL, Sarah Harmer, Caribou and members of both Broken Social Scene and Tokyo Police Club. That group specifically is working for a carbon-neutral future. This is a local-ish chapter of an international group that includes Radiohead, Billie Eilish and the xx in addition to others. Musicians in MDE pledge support to efforts including calling on governments to be transparent about the urgent emergency of climate change, the need to act now to protect biodiversity and obtain net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and to urge the music industry in particular to take action to fight climate change. 

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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