Being a rock star generally comes with some seriously ego-inflating side effects and perhaps a whole lot of debauchery, but Gordon Sumner (known by the physically distressing verb/enduring stage name Sting) seems to have kept things in check.
Don’t let his 58 years on this planet fool you – the yoga-limber, rainy day vegetarian who is famously attributed with enjoying a hot tantric sex life (a rumor launched by fellow 80s pop legend Bob Geldof that female fans insist on believing with all of their hearts) still has plenty of pep left in him yet.
Currently performing in his Symphonicity Tour to sold out crowds across Europe and North America, he manages to find time in his schedule to drum up funds for his 21 year old Rainforest Foundation to help preserve South American ecosystems.
No stranger to the big screen, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer now intends — along with business partner Kathryn Schenker – to convert Columbia University professor Dr. Dickson Despommier’s upcoming book The Vertical Farm into a documentary.
The text, slated to hit stores this October, details the process of accommodating the ever burgeoning urban population by cultivating fruits and vegetables amid the innate structure of city buildings (in a vertical rather than horizontal framework).
The obvious advantages, aside from saving precious land, include exercising sustainability, reducing urban community food deserts, creating urban green spaces that filter pollution and dramatically reducing our dependence on oil since crops would truly be local.
The film version will likely focus on the very first vertical American city farm, which based on the latest news headlines could potentially be Columbus, Ohio’s proposed Cooper Stadium overhaul or perhaps even Chicago, Illinois’ historic stockyard greenification.
To tide Sting fans over until his undoubtedly educational albeit questionably riveting eco-film comes out, this video clip of Mr. Sumner practicing with the Royal Philarmonic Concert Orchestra for his current tour might just fit the bill.