Considered by many as the Godmother of green touring, Bonnie Raitt has been involved in the environmental movement since the mid-1970’s, performing numerous concerts in support of forest, oil, mining, and water protection. She was also a founding member of MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), which produced the historic NO NUKES album, concerts, and movie in 1979. She regularly raises funds for a wide range of nonprofit national and grassroots organizations, lobbies in Washington, and has even been arrested twice for supporting forest policy change.
Bonnie has been involved with groups working for Native American, women's and human rights, as well as the fight against apartheid in South Africa and U.S. involvement in the war in Central America in the 80s. As one of the founding members of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation she continues to work for increased recognition, health benefits and royalty reform for the pioneer generation of R&B artists to whom we owe so much. In 1995, she helped establish the Bonnie Raitt Guitar Program, which now provides free guitar lessons to kids in over 180 Boys and Girls Clubs around the world. Bonnie co-headlined a billing for the Vote for Change Tour in 2004 to rally voters to get to the polls and brought a message of change to the capital in a rousing finale concert.
On her 2002 Summer Tour, Bonnie initiated Green Highway, a traveling eco-village providing information to concert-goers about alternative energy solutions (solar and wind power,) displaying Honda Hybrid vehicles and connecting fans to local environmental issues and organizations. Green Highway has been integrated into every tour of Bonnie's since and this model of green touring with fan outreach and education has served as the template for dozens of nationwide tours today.