Video: Supporting the Lacey Act on a Summer Music Tour
The Lacey Act is a powerful law used to regulate the trade of plant products and animals. In 2008, Congress made an amendment to the Lacey Act that made it unlawful to trade illegal timber and wood products. Since the change, importers of timber and wood products have to prove that their timber and wood products were legally sourced before importing into the U.S.
REVERB, a non-profit organization started by Adam Gardner from Guster and his wife Lauren, has been a strong supporter of the Lacey Act and of sustainable trade in wood and wood products. That is because, by reducing demand for illegally harvested timber, the Lacey Act curbs deforestation, mitigates climate disrupting pollution, and supports legitimate U.S. trade.
During Guster's summer concert tour "The Last Summer on Earth," with the Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds Five, there are booths set up in the Eco-Village to make concert goers aware of the Lacey Act and what they can do to support this critical law. At the tour stop at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, more than 200 people signed post cards to their representatives to stand up for climate change and to support the Lacey Act.
Volunteers from the Environmental Investigation Agency and the Sierra Club stood by to assist and inform concert goers. With all of the support for the Lacey Act nation wide, we are one step closer to a more sustainable future.
--Sierra Club Media Team Intern Kristen Elmore