"Why, don't they realize this is about them too? I mean, why they feel that nature is a separate issue from them when we are nature. Nature isn't over there. We're part of it and if we don't look after it, we're screwed,"
5. People dancing at gala fudraiser
6. Chuck Leavell on stage with Captain Planet character
7 . SOUNDBITE (English) Chuck Leavell, musician:
"We use words like conservationist and sustainability, and I think those are very important words to use, you know, when we're talking about sustainable this sustainable that in terms of forestry, which I'm directly involved in, it means growing, planting, growing and managing more trees than you're gonna be taking off the landscape. And if we do that, then we're always going to have forests. You know, so it makes perfect sense."
"It's not something I'm forced into. It's something I'm fortunate enough to be able to follow, in the position that I'm in. And, you know, I think it took a while for me to realize, like many other artists, that that, you know, you don't have to be pigeonholed and you shouldn't be pigeonholed if you have desires and achievements that you you you're focused on and guided towards. Then you go for it, follow it. What's what's the worst thing to happen?"
Singer songwriter Julian Lennon joined keyboardist Chuck Leavell for a performance at a fundraising gala Saturday, hosted by a foundation focused on helping young people help the planet.
Lennon performed his song "Saltwater" as well as a cover of "Stand By Me" to a packed ballroom at the Captain Planet Foundation event.
It was first publicized performance for Lennon in more than a decade, he told the AP. He also spoke of a hesitation in governmental politics to seek earnest environmental solutions.
"Don't they realize this is about them too? I mean, why they feel that nature is a separate issue from them when we are nature. Nature isn't over there. We're part of it and if we don't look after it, we're screwed," Lennon told the AP in an exclusive sit-down interview before the performance.
Leavell was a member of the Allman Brothers through the band's hit making period in the 1970s and has remained a fixture with the Rolling Stones for decades. He was honored with Captain Planet's `Superhero for the Earth' award for his forest conservation efforts.
"We use words like conservationist and sustainability and I think those are very important words to use. You know when we're talking about sustainable this and sustainable that, in terms of forestry which I'm directly involved in, it means planting growing and managing more tree than you're going to be taking off the landscape," Leavell said.
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