At some point in the past I had the idea that I would always give 10% of my fees to environmental work, welfare organisations and such.
I need to travel a lot when I play abroad, and especially if trains and buses are not an option and I need to fly, there are severe environmental impacts. So I want to offset this by my part with these kind of payments.
Sadly my financial situation has been such, that for the past year or so I haven’t been able to do this, but as soon as my situation gets better, I will catch up with this.
The first organisation to benefit, however with a donation of 75$ was the Altai Project , who do important work in protecting the vulnerable Altai region in Siberia. Thank you Amanita Productions & all party people for making this possible!
The reason for this choice is my travels in that area in the late summer of 2008. I was at once awestruck by the nature, and made very sad by thinking that in the future big challenges will be met it in this area to keep the place in it’s magical condition.
The Altai Project is a part of the Earth Island institute.
Respect the source!
In December 2011 I donated the fee from a gig in Belgium in full (around 350€) to Luonnonperintösäätiö, and along with some donations from friends we gathered a total of 500€ for the protection of ancient forests in Finland! Thank you organisers for making that party, and all friends who donated!
Luonnonperintösäätiö works simply by buying environmentally important old growth/ancient forests in Finland, and setting them aside for protection. It’s a great system, and a surefire way to save the forest from the axe.