By James Pleasant
With the effects of global warming becoming increasingly evident around the world and a U.S. administration that is rolling back pollution standards, pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement and is defunding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more and more musicians and music festivals are becoming eco-conscious and working toward real-world solutions to address these issues.
One such festival is the brand-new Creating Equilibrium festival, which takes place August 25-27 in the Squaw Valley of Lake Tahoe, Calif. The festival and accompanying conference aim to tackle environmental issues head-on and provide attendees with a star-studded concert featuring performances by Dispatch, Allen Stone, Bob Moses and supergroup Secret Stash comprised of Nate Ruess (Fun.), Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), and Sully Erna (Godsmack), and more.
Creating Equilibrium will also host a “Visons” conference, which brings together technologists, environmentalists, scientists, and business leaders to brainstorm and develop real-world solutions to environmental crises that are doing damage to the Earth and its inhabitants. Speakers including conservation biologist Patricia Wright, Nature of Things host David Suzuki, M.D., YouTube star Prince EA and many more will provide insights and solutions on how to combat modern environmental challenges.
The festival also gives environmental entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive funding for their eco-friendly ventures through the EQ Ventures program. Venture capital firm EQ Ventures will pick three to five startups with the best, most-practical initiatives for solving environmental issues. Winners will receive $25,000-$100,000 as an initial investment, an official EQ Ventures membership that includes mentoring and training, and the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of additional high-profile investors.
Creating Equilibrium was by founded by journalist and science writer Steven Kotler, technology entrepreneur Gabrielle Hull, and others as a response to the recent lack of government support for environmental issues in combination with their love of music.