Pearl Jam Is Doing Its Part to Keep Miami's Ears Safe
Pearl Jam wants to protect your ears.
Photo by Danny Clinch
The members of Pearl Jam have never shied away from activism. They're the Bernie Sanders of rock 'n' roll. They've railed against President George W. Bush, rallied behind pro-choice policies, and raised awareness
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This isn't the first time Pearl Jam has tried to offset its own collateral damage. In 2003, the band pledged a carbon-neutral policy to mitigate its environmental impact. While on tour, Pearl Jam calculates the metric tons of CO2 emitted from transporting the band, crew, equipment, and fans around the world — a figure that totals about 2,000 metric tons of CO2 per tour leg. The band then allocates a portion of its profits to environmental projects to attempt to offset its footprint. In 2012, Pearl Jam donated nearly $30,000 to plant enough conifer trees to retain 20,000 tons of CO2 (about as much as Pearl Jam tours output between 2011 and 2015) for 100 years.
On the band's website, bassist Jeff Ament calls on fans not to be "careless and lazy at loud rock shows" like he has been. Ament admits he enjoyed blasting his Walkman into his ears 30 years ago but now suffers from what sounds like tinnitus — a ringing in the ears — that plagues him when he tries to sleep. "Wear hearing protection, or you'll end up with a 1.5k ring in both ears... when you're trying to enjoy the serene quiet of an empty desert or forest," he says. And Ament isn't alone in this condition. Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Ozzy Osbourne report
Earplugs are like seat belts, helmets, and condoms — they can be uncomfortable and inconvenient
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