The Earth Day Green Artist Countdown: #8 – Linkin Park

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Coming in at number eight on’s Earth Day Green Artist Countdown are the world-minded rockers, [lastfm]Linkin Park[/lastfm].  Most recently Mike Shinoda and the band have delved into new frontiers with their iPhone game, Linkin Park 8-bit Rebellion.  Mike’s also guested on the upcoming Cypress Hill album, “Rise Up.”

Linkin Park graces our countdown for an entirely different, but equally cool/impressive reason; their charity Music for Relief.  Founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it’s evolved into a machine of do-good spirit, planting over 810,000 trees and raising over $3 million dollars for it’s efforts to aid victims of natural disasters.

Read on for a full run down on Music for Relief, Linkin Park’s other green initiatives, see a trailer for 8-Bit Rebellion, and to Listen to [lastfm]Linkin Park[/lastfm] Radio on

As if starting an entire organization and keeping it going strong for the past 5 years wasn’t enough, the band is continuing its efforts with new partners in the industry.  Along with a fledgling group of artists, Linking Park is a founding member of Reverb’s Green Music Group, announced this February.  The group’s goals are to promote environmental action across industry, musicians, and fans alike.


Mike and Phoenix from Linkin Park for Music for Relief on the Download to Donate for Haiti campaign.

“In 2005, members of Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters, helping to reduce global warming and raising awareness about the effect climate change is having on the frequency and intensity of such disasters. Originally created to benefit the victims of the 2004 South Asia tsunami, MFR continues to give aid to those affected by hurricanes, cyclones, wildfires and other natural catastrophes around the globe.” –


-We have fundraised over $3,000,000 in donations
– 810,000 trees planted to sequester more than 270,000 tons of CO2
– We have created programs to aid victims of:
– Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Hannah, Ike & Gustav
– Cyclones Nargisin Burma, Sidr& Ailain Bangladesh
– Wildfires in Southern CA & Victoria Australia
– We helped establish environmental programs to help artists and fans reduce their carbon footprint and educate others about how climate change impacts weather related disasters.
– Over 95% of the funds we raised in 2008 went directly to disaster relief and environmental programs with only 4.7% of funds used for administration and fundraising expenses.

8-Bit Rebellion Trailer

The Earth Day Green Artist countdown continues Monday.  We’re counting down the 10 greenest artists of the year, and capping it off with a free trip for one lucky winner and guest to the Earthday Birthday concert in Atlanta on Sunday, April 25th; featuring [lastfm]Ben Harper and Relentless 7[/lastfm].  Contest Ends Monday, April 19th!

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