Neil Young has launched a new website, GoEarth.org, with the aim of motivating people toward global conservation. The site offers information on earth ecology, banning GMOs, the future of farming, climate change and social causes, among other topics. Taking inspiration from the “Village” of activist organizations that have been traveling with Young on his current tour, the site’s motto is, “It takes a village to keep the free world rockin’.”
“GoEarth.org is a powerful resource for finding services and organizations dedicated to helping you live a healthy, vital and informed life, while participating in Earth’s flourishing sustainability movement,” a statement for the site reads. “[The site] is a reliable portal for information on common sense, innovative and creative solutions to many of the crisis we face. GoEarth.org connects us with some of the most effective organizations, working to conserve the natural world and protect our freedoms.”
Young has been touring this year in support of his latest record, The Monsanto Years, which he put out in June. No stranger to activism, Young created a film about the company Monsanto, which makes genetically engineered seeds, called “Seeding Fear,” in which a farmer named Michael White talked about standing up to the corporation, after it accused him of infringing on their copyright.
The company shot back at Young the next day, citing distortions it perceived in his storytelling. “Protecting patents and copyrights can be difficult in any business – including the entertainment industry,” a rep for the company said. “Mr. White’s actions are equivalent to pirating an album, producing thousands of copies and selling bootleg copies – all while knowing what you’re doing is illegal and that it will result in criminal charges if caught.”
The singer-songwriter has also been welcoming activists onto his stage. Naelyn Pike, a member of the Native American rights organization Apache Stronghold, told Rolling Stone earlier this year how much it meant to her to have the opportunity. “It’s been pretty awesome to be up on stage and look out and see so many people supporting us, yelling for us,” she said.