RAN's representative on the Sustainable Living Roadshow tour is Marty Driggs... his first report from the field...
Hello blog world! Marty here, checking in from Berkeley, CA, where the crew of the Sustainable Living Roadshow
is making final preparations before embarking on its first national tour, "Be The Change 2008." We are a caravan of entertainers, educators and activists, traveling the country in a fleet of renewable fuel vehicles, setting up off-the-grid eco-carnivals, empowering and inspiring communities to work towards a
sustainable and just future. There'll be carnival games like "Toss
Out Fossil Fuels," workshops, demonstrations, and some amazing musical acts. It's time to make sustainability fun!
Over the next 11 weeks, I'll be bringing you updates and pictures
from the road. I'm lucky enough to be representing Rainforest Action Network (RAN
) and RAN Youth Sustaining the Earth (RYSE
) on this epic journey across the US. I'll be giving workshops on climate action and RAN's campaigns
, and getting youth fired up about challenging corporate power with RYSE. I'm also taking an active role in logistical planning for the tour, networking with student groups along the route, and organizing educational materials. It takes a lot of work putting on a roadshow, but its going to be an incredible ride!
We're hitting the road on Thursday, two bio-diesel busses and a box truck. First stop: the Democratic National Convention in Denver! (If you'll be there, don't miss our benefit party on August 26th, featuring the Motet Trio
and reggae legend Luciano
.) Then it's on to the RNC in St. Paul, followed by a handful of stops at universities and festivals across the country, including, Chicago, Knoxville, New Orleans, and Austin. Check out our schedule
for details as they become available.
We're looking for volunteers at all of our events, so please let us know
if you can help!
Well, that's it for now, time to get back to work. See you on the road!