Grateful Dead drummer: 'Nature's rhythm is dying because we're killing the Earth'
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Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart on Thursday called for increased awareness of climate change, writing in an op-ed that “nature's rhythm is dying because we're killing the Earth.”

“In places where you can see and hear nature's beauty regularly, it can sometimes be easy to forget — if only for a moment — that right now nature's rhythm is dying because we're killing the Earth,” Hart wrote in a CNN op-ed.

"And killing the thing you love the most seems like a pretty stupid idea to me," he added.


Hart also called attention to a charity concert being held Friday in Aspen, Colorado, that he's participating in. The concert will benefit “finding and funding innovative solutions to the climate crisis,” he wrote.

Hart detailed his decades-long “fascination with the rhythms of our planet” that started out early on in his playing days with the iconic jam band.

“As an artist, I have had no choice but to become a passionate environmentalist and an active preservationist of the natural world,” he wrote.

Hart used several musical metaphors, drawing on his decades of experience as a drummer for the popular jam band to describe the natural ebbs and flows of the earth.

"In our everyday lives, the resonance of the universe goes over our heads or under our feet — humans have very low bandwidths,” Hart wrote. “But if you take the sonified frequencies of these natural objects, you can turn them into sound using a powerful algorithm.”

Hart was a special guest of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D) at the State of the Union this year. Pelosi represents the congressional district in Northern California near Hart's home.