The Greening of Radiohead's In Rainbows Tour

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Radiohead Reduces Carbon Footprint on Tour
Radiohead Greens In Rainbows Tour
Longtime environmentalists and influential rock band Radiohead is doing more to lower its carbon footprint as it sets off on a world tour this summer to promote its latest album, In Rainbows.

As Radiohead travels from Dublin to Florida to Tokyo, the band has taken care to make sure that touring the world does not leave as harsh an impact on the environment as it could.

Radiohead and Environmental Activism

Radiohead has been associated with environmentalism for quite some time. Listen to the lyrics of “Optimistic” from their Kid A album or look at the causes they have supported in the last ten years regarding environmental awareness.

The band has joined the Friends of the Earth in a campaign to convince the European Union and governments to commit to mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, with a 30 percent reduction by the year 2020. Said Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke regarding the EU and global warming: “They are the only ones who can put the structures in place that will help us tackle climate change.”

As Yorke is championing the cause, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management pointed out that during the touring for the album Hail to the Thief, the band released 7,851 tons of carbon dioxide in emissions. Whoops. The end result is an even greener Radiohead.

Radiohead Cutting Back Emissions on Tour

To set off emissions, the band is sending equipment abroad by ship and planting trees. Before kicking off their North American section of the tour, the band recorded themselves playing live for The Conan O’Brien show in order to avoid flying over and recording in-studio.

Additionally, they have added a website with a title as equally haunting as their songs: “The Most Gigantic Flying Mouth for Some Time.” The point of the site is to engage fans in rating how well Radiohead is being green, along with ways in which the fans themselves can help reduce their carbon footprint at their shows.

Check out more about Radiohead’s goal of cutting back greenhouse gas emissions here.

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