Last night at the Gibson Guitar showroom in Beverly Hills, I got a chance to listen to live acoustic music by Paul Freeman, Billy Morrison, and Michael des Barres and view an impressive fleet of electric cars by Environmental Motors with Jackson Browne, the outspoken singer/songwriter who is currently a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and will be inducted to the Songwriter Hall of Fame next month.
Browne stressed the importance of â€œthe environment and the things that we all share together in our livesâ€ to create music and art, in general. He is a collector of Gibsonâ€™s line of guitars that are made out of responsibly harvested woods, and has played them at benefits put on by the Gibson Foundation, which also supports the Environmental Defense and the Rainforest Alliance.
Cars that run on alternative fuels are also big on the environmental agenda for Browne. He used to ride around in a Chevy Chevelle muscle car that is powered by propane fuel. â€œPropane produces a tenth of the emissions than regular gas; but itâ€™s still a fossil fuel, so I stopped (driving them)â€ He now drives a hybrid and canâ€™t wait for the day that an electric car can get him out to his farm that is 125 miles outside of LA.
In collaboration with Trees for a Future, Environmental Motors committed to planting 25 trees if anyone test drove their cars and to planting 100 trees upon purchase of an electric vehicle. Other green sponsors at the event included Whole Foods, Steaz, Veev Vodka, Aquarius Water and Cell-nique Super Green Drink.
Truly a motivator and influencer of a balanced political and environmentally conscious world through his music and presence, weâ€™re glad that Jackson Browne continues to rock the planet.