CodeRed Climate & Live Music – with Tanner Watt, REVERB

Episode 78

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Ron Kamen

Ron Kamen has decades of expertise & leadership in catalyzing exponential change in sustainable energy adoption with communities, governments, non-profits, and businesses.


Quantum Quote: “The Nelson family rules: (1) Don’t be an asshole; (2) Don’t be an asshole; and (3) Don’t be a damn asshole.” – Willie Nelson

What action are you taking to keep this world a place where we can continue to live?

No matter how small or how big your position, you can produce ripple effects that benefit our kids’ and our grandkids’ future!

Join artists Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Dead & Company, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes & many others in using your platform to encourage people to take a step towards a livable Earth.

In this year’s Met Gala, singer-songwriter Billie Eilish made a deal with one of the oldest fashion houses that if she wore their dress to the Met Gala, they would never use fur in their designs again. And guess what? They agreed!

Get up now and take a step towards positive change. Grab your phone and let your Congressional Representatives know that you want the Build Back Better Act approved.

It’s good that we’re recycling. It’s good that we’re each doing something. However, what we’re facing is not going to be solved by you and I recycling alone. About 100 companies in the world are responsible for more than half of the carbon in the atmosphere. Our financial industry continues to invest Billions and Trillions of dollars in the industries that are destroying our planet.

Without changing those systems, there’s no way that we’re going to get where we need to be.

If we think we can make Mars a livable planet – we can make Earth a livable planet again! It’s our kids’ and our grandkids’ future. We’re at a critical tipping point in Earth history – take action and turn the tide!.https://coderedcongress.com/

Before coming to REVERB, Tanner Watt worked in both the alternative fuels and music industries. Tanner’s adventures started by working for Willie Nelson and Family and then growing into a leadership role at The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a non-profit organization founded by Willie, Daryl Hannah and Kelly King. With this unique experience, along with degrees in Photography and Public Relations, Tanner brings a unique skill set to the REVERB team. 

Tanner loves making friends and finding positive solutions. These passions have made him a valuable member of the REVERB team for nearly 10 years. In his role as Director of Partnership, Tanner creates long lasting relationships with artists, events and more as well as finding creative ways to raise funds and engage the music community around important causes. 

In Tanner’s time with the organization he has developed a host of successful programs including #ROCKNREFILL a partnership with Nalgene USA centered around reusables and reducing single-use waste at events and REVERB’s Farm To Stage and Farm To Family campaigns. These programs (to date) have eliminated over 4M single-use plastic bottles, raised over $3M for non-profit causes, and supported more than 4000 family farms.
Demand Climate Action:  #CodeRedClimate https://coderedcongress.com/

SuperNova #1. If you can afford to build a rocket ship for fun, you can afford to pay a little more to make this country what it needs to be for our kids and our grandkids.

SuperNova #2. There’s so much we can do back stage to reduce impact and touch and feel the good work that we’re doing, but there’s even more – exponentially more – value in what we do when it comes to educating and inspiring music fans to take action in their own lives or to get involved in their community and be a part of taking real action on the climate crisis.

SuperNova #3. The most immediate issue that’s on the table right now is passing the Build Back Better Act. It is the largest piece of climate legislation that’s ever been proposed in the history of our country. That single bill will put us on track to meeting and even exceeding our goals, which is hugely important. It’s actually necessary if we want life on this planet to continue the way we’re used to or somewhat used to. That’s the biggest issue that people can take action on. Registering to vote and getting out and being part of the conversation and understanding the leaders that we’re electing and where they stand on these issues – that’s crucially important, too.

Aha Moment: “When I was in college, I was an angry kid, like a rage against machines. I had a lot of this anger at authority energy and didn’t know what to do with it. The Universe brought me to Hawaii. My wife and I got to find a job and I started doing computer work at a local Apple reseller. Through that, I randomly met a bunch of people and ended up starting to work with Willie Nelson’s family. That was the biggest moment for me. That was a huge eye-opener for me. Just to see the power of people in celebrity positions who use that position for something positive, that was a huge inspiration for me, and beyond that, to be able to see such a diverse group of people supporting what we believe in. That’s what made me do what I’m doing today.” – Tanner Watt

Best Advice He’s Ever Received: “Just smile and nod. When somebody’s saying that you know is wrong, in many cases, it’s just better to smile and nod than to engage.” – Tanner Watt

Personal Habit that Contributes to Success: “I try to be a good listener and I also to never be afraid to talk. When I’ve got something to say, I tend to say it. For good or for bad, I don’t have the best filter. For me, to stay true to me and say it like it is. Most of the time, people appreciate it.” – Tanner Watt

Internet Resource: https://coderedcongress.com/
 
Book Recommendation: Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner

Magic Wand: “If I could change one thing for every person in the world, I think it would be to open their hearts and their ears. Just to give people a little bit more empathy or a little bit more understanding when it comes to trying to see things through other people’s eyes. That would go a really long way.” – Tanner Watt

WTF or F: “I grew up in California. I lived in the bay area during the big quake. That was a crazy experience as a child, something that’s eye-opening to see that as a kid. I thought that was like a once in my lifetime sort of event, then growing up to see it happen so many more times in so many other places with hurricanes, tzunamis, wildfires & other extreme weather events – those were even more eye-opening experiences.” – Tanner Watt

Most Energized About Today: “It’s the next generation – the younger generation. I’ve never seen more intelligent, more active, more excited young people than I have in the last few years. I feel like things will get better because the people who are demanding it are becoming more powerful; and hopefully over time, that’s really gonna create change.” – Tanner Watt

Next Steps: “We’ve got tours on the road, getting ready to host huge tours next year. Really looking forward to the music industry really opening up again.” – Tanner Watt

Parting Advice: “Keep an open mind. Listen a lot. Talk when you have to. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Just get up and do something. Be a part of change. There’s so much to be done. We can all find ways to get involved.” – Tanner Watt

Connect:
·         Email: tanner@reverb.org
·         Website: www.reverb.org
·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reverb/
·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/reverb_org?lang=en
·         Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reverb_org/?hl=en

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