Jack Johnson Plants Trees with Surfrider Brazil, Lady Gaga Shows Her Teeth for Shark Week, And More (Video)


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Wrapping up his tour in South America, Jack Johnson didn't leave the region without showing support for the Surfrider Foundation in Brazil. He planted the first Acu-Jequitib'a tree in the Botanical Gardens in Rio de Janeiro, Ecorazzi reports, and participated in a protest against the new Brazilian Forest Code.

According to Surfrider Brazil, "cutting down the tropical forests of Brazil will directly affect the protection of essential water basins, including mangrove and wetlands and all of the important biodiversity that inhabit these ecosystems, creating an unprecedented impact on the coastal equilibrium." They've launched "Surf for the Forests," a campaign supported by Johnson to create awareness around these issues.

Lady Gaga, Andy Samberg Show Their Teeth for Shark Week 2011

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It's July which means Shark Week will soon be upon us. Hosted by our parent company, Discovery, the action-packed week of shark-themed television shows will be hosted by comedian Andy Samberg who has been appointed Chief Shark Officer. Tune in Sunday, July 31, at 9PM e/p, and catch the teaser, above, to the sound of Lady Gaga.

Lauren Bush On Slow Food Inspiring Fashion

Photo: TreeHugger Lauren Bush is bringing the idea behind the slow fashion movement to her fashion label, Lauren Peirce, Ecouterre reports.

In the July/August 2011 issue of Vegetarian Times, Bush speaks to the process of producing garments with artisans.

The slow food movement began with an increased awareness and concern for where our food comes from and how that affects the world. The idea can also apply to fashion. Producing a garment for Lauren Pierce is such a lengthy process; each piece is truly one of a kind. The line features locally sourced fabrics hand-dyed by a group of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And the tag for each garment shows the handwritten signature of the artisan who dyed it, so there's a sense of connection.

Sting Supports Repressed Oil Workers, Cancels Kazakhstan Concert



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Previously scheduled to play at the Astana Day Festival in Kazakhstan on July 4, Sting cancelled his concert after Amnesty International informed the singer about the repression of oil workers, their union leaders and legal representatives.

According to Sting's website, via Look To The Stars, Sting has this to say about the controversy:

Hunger strikes, imprisoned workers and tens of thousands on strike represents a virtual picket line which I have no intention of crossing. The Kazakh gas and oil workers and their families need our support and the spotlight of the international media on their situation in the hope of bringing about positive change.

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