On World Environment Day (June 5), Dave Matthews Band will fittingly be named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, marking the first time a full band has received this recognition.
The group has been working with nonprofit REVERB since 2005 to design sustainability programs around the band’s tours, including fueling trucks and buses with biodiesel, using locally sourced products for catering, and implementing single-use plastic reduction, composting and recycling. As a result, over the course of 15 years and 20 tours, DMB has eliminated 121 million pounds of CO2 and 478,000 single-use plastic bottles, collected 338,000 gallons of recycling and composted 138,000 pounds of food. Additionally, $2 million were raised by fans for various environmental causes.
“It’s desperate times, and we all need to work together to have hope for the future, hope for our children, and hope for the planet,” Dave Matthews said at the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassadorship ceremony in St. Louis.
“We wholeheartedly welcome the entertainment industry in joining government, civil society and private sector leaders in the fight for positive climate solutions,” Barbara Hendrie, Director of the UN Environment Office for North America said in a press statement. “Musical artists are in a unique position to use their platforms as performers and public figures to build awareness and engage their fans to take action on a very large scale.”
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day commemoration is air pollution, and UN Environment is calling on everyone to #BeatAirPollution by making lifestyle changes such as using public transport, car sharing, cycling or walking and saving energy by turning off lights and electronics when not in use.