Sav­ing the Earth: The Biodiesel Bus Blog

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Singer Sh­eryl Crow and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Lau­rie David have been trav­el­ing across Amer­ica on a two- week Stop Global Warm­ing Col­lege Tour, which winds up to­day at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity. Crow and David ( co- pro­ducer of the doc­u­men­tary “ An In­con­ve­nient Truth” and wife of “ Curb Your En­thu­si­asm’s” Larry David) have been tout­ing their cause and chron­i­cling their trav­els in a rather idio­syn­cratic blog. Here, on Earth Day, are a few excerpts:

David ( 4/ 10, Dal­las): I am jog­ging out­side in 40 de­gree freez­ing cold . . . 70 de­grees in Jan­uary and 40 de­grees in April. That is ex­actly why Sh­eryl Crow and I are in a biodiesel bus go­ing thru the South­east visit­ing col­lege cam­puses to talk about the ur­gency of this is­sue and how ev­ery­one . . . ev­ery­one . . . has to start do­ing some­thing. I would write more, but I have to go run warm wa­ter over my hands and thaw out from my run.

Crow and David ( 4/ 18, Nashville): Our other sur­prise was a visit by for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore who sat and talked with us on the bus about what he hopes to see hap­pen in this coun­try as the stop global warm­ing move­ment catches fire. Hav­ing the for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent visit was like hav­ing your dad show up for Fa­ther’s Week­end at the soror­ity house. We were giddy with ex­cite­ment and proud to show him our home away from home.

Crow ( 4/ 19, Spring­field, Tenn.): I have spent the bet­ter part of this tour try­ing to come up with easy ways for us all to be­come a part of the so­lu­tion to global warm­ing. Al­though my ideas are in the ear­li­est stages of de­vel­op­ment, they are, in my mind, worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing. One of my fa­vorites is in the area of for­est con­ser­va­tion which we heav­ily rely on for oxy­gen. I pro­pose a lim­i­ta­tion be put on how many squares of toi­let pa­per can be used in any one sit­ting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law- abid­ing Amer­i­can of his or her God- given rights, but I think we are an in­dus­tri­ous enough peo­ple that we can make it work with only one square per re­stroom visit, ex­cept, of course, on those pesky oc­ca­sions where 2 to 3 could be re­quired.

Crow ( 4/ 19): I also like the idea of not us­ing pa­per nap­kins, which hap­pen to be made from vir­gin wood and rep­re­sent the height of waste­ful­ness. I have de­signed a cloth­ing line that has what’s called a “ din­ing sleeve.” The sleeve is de­tach­able and can be re­placed with an­other “ din­ing sleeve,” af­ter us­age. The de­sign will of­fer the “ diner” the con­ve­nience of wiping his mouth on his sleeve rather than throw­ing out yet an­other barely used pa­per prod­uct. I think this idea could also trans­late quite well to those suf­fer­ing with an an­noy­ing head cold.

Crow ( 4/ 19): This next idea I have been sav­ing but I will share it with you if you prom­ise not to steal it. It is my latest, very ex­cit­ing idea for cre­at­ing in­cen­tive for us all to min­i­mize our own per­son- al car­bon foot­prints. It’s a re­al­ity show. ( I feel pretty cer­tain NO ONE has thought of this yet!) Here is the premise: the con­test con­sists of 10 peo­ple who are com­pet­ing for the top spot as the per­son who lives the “ green­est” life. This will be re­flected in the con­tes­tant’s home, his busi­ness, and his own per­sonal liv­ing style. The win­ner of this chal­leng­ing, pres­ti­gious, con­test would re­ceive what??. . . . a record­ing con­tract!!!!!

David ( 4/ 20, Charlottesville): Sh­eryl couldn’t be with me tonight be­cause of a pre­vi­ous com­mit­ment [ Crow trav­eled to New York for a show that wasn’t part of the tour] but luck­ily rock stars have rock star friends. Tonight, I spoke out­side the gor­geous Charlottesville pavil­ion, in front of a cou­ple of thou­sand slightly ine­bri­ated col­lege men ( there to see the won­der­ful Robert Ran­dolph and the Fam­ily Band) who were forced to sit through the open­ing act . . . me. Truly, it was one of the most chal­leng­ing 20 min­utes of my life. Out of the cor­ner of my eye, I saw guys yawn­ing, I heard kids say­ing “ where’s the mu­sic?” and I think I heard the “ b” word. I rushed through the speech and when I walked off the stage I im­me­di­ately burst into tears. Not be­cause I took any­thing per­son­ally but be­cause it was so clear how much work is still to be done. Tonight served as a stark re­minder that so­cial change is a jour­ney and I learned tonight that not ev­ery stop is go­ing to be easy.


Sh­eryl Crow, per­form­ing in Hol­ly­wood as part of a col­lege tour that ends to­day at G.W. Univer­sity.

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