- Location: NY 10012
- Marching Since: March 10, 2007
I founded Rock ‘n Renew to educate students about renewable energy, conservation, and the sustainability of our planet. With the help of Rock ‘n Renew artists like Debbie Harry, The Kaiser Chiefs, The Fountains of Wayne, Everclear, Jesse Malin, Kal Penn and many others, we are raising awareness about the environment and providing elementary, high school, and college students with information on how to help save our planet. Students who demonstrate the most amount of energy savings in their homes are rewarded with exclusive music, autographed CDs, and concert tickets. We also put on carbon-neutral events to show students that it’s cool to care about the environment. During one of my Rock ‘n Renew lectures, a 6th grade boy asked me if the effects of carbon-dioxide emissions on our planet are similar to the lung cancer his grandfather got from smoking cigarettes. He then asked, “If people know that we’re making the planet sick, why can’t we just stop them?” Although there is no easy answer to this question, I do believe we can stop making our planet sick. I have seen the powerful effect of uniting people to make even the smallest earth-saving changes in their daily lives, and I have joined this virtual march because I believe our only chance for a sustainable future is if we come together to work for education and change.
Rock N Renew founder Jonny Dubowsky (lead member of alt rock band Jonny Lives!)