She's saving the planet with the power of rock

07.05.2008
Besides making its Projekt Revolution a "green" tour, Linkin Park's own Music for Relief charity is donating $1 from each ticket to American Forests for its Global ReLeaf program to plant trees that will help reduce global temperatures.

The connection between band and bark was made by West Hills mom Leanne Niece, who was first moved to contact Washington, D.C.-based American Forests last summer after hearing Leo DiCaprio on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" expounding about the environment.

"I felt like they should've done more on that show on why it's important to plant trees," said Niece, 35, whose husband, Eric, is a longtime friend of Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon. "I made immediate changes in my home, began recycling and turned my whole life upside down. Everyone around me thought I was nuts."

Niece, 35, eventually discussed American Forests (www.americanforests.org) and the importance of tree-planting for future generations with Bourdon, who thought there might be some way his band could help.

The idea fell to Music for Relief (www.musicforrelief.org), which Linkin Park founded in 2005 to aid victims of world catastrophes and combat global warming. Since its inception, the Beverly Hills-based charity has raised more than $2 million for victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia and hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Saturday, when the Projekt Revolution tour stops at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen Pavilion, Niece will be working the Music for Relief booth, handing out bookmarks she devised that are printed with information about both organizations.

"We have a moral obligation to make changes," said the Granada Hills-raised Niece, mother of a 3 1/2-year-old daughter and another child on the way. "It's important that people take the initiative to plant trees. We have to take these steps for the future."

San Bernandino County Sun - July 26, 2007

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