By Ben Geman - 02/23/10 06:54 PM EST
The U.S. leg of the band’s tour will “build support for a clean energy economy and fuel momentum for comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation in Congress,” according to a press release from LCV and Green for All.
Green for All is an Oakland-based nonprofit that seeks to combat poverty by advocating for job creation through a “green economy.” Also joining the effort: Rethink, a Seattle-based company that makes and distributes eco-friendly apparel and other products made from recycled materials.
“The campaign will feature a comprehensive recycling program on The Black Eyed Peas 2010 U.S leg highlighting how plastic bottles collected on the tour can be converted into The Black Eyed Peas merchandise as well as the environmental and economic benefit of this action,” the announcement of the effort states.
The Black Eyed Peas play at Verizon Center in Washington on Tuesday.
In a separate event Wednesday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson is slated to appear with DJ Biz Markie (who scored a 1989 hit with “Just a Friend”), members of Congress and activists for a rally that wraps up the Hip Hop Caucus Clean Energy Now! bus tour. The event will be held at the Capitol’s reflecting pool.
Also slated to appear: Hip Hop Caucus President the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Alliance for Climate Protection CEO Maggie Fox, Black Leadership Forum President Gary Flowers, Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, actress Gloria Reuben and other groups and advocates.
The Hip Hop Caucus is a group that urges urban youth to be active in politics, policy and service projects. The Alliance for Climate Protection was founded by Al Gore to push for adoption of low-carbon energy sources.
An announcement of the event cites the job-creation potential of “comprehensive clean energy and climate policies.”