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An End to Blood Wood: Musicians and Communities Fight Back

EIA’s new documentary, Instruments of Change: Lessons from the Rainforest, invites you to join Jesse Carmichael and James Valentine of Maroon 5 and Adam Gardner of Guster on their journey to the Guatemalan rainforest, where they learn about the devastating impacts of illegal logging and how local communities are fighting back through sustainable community-based forest management. With many instruments originating from precious and rare tonewoods found in rainforests often threatened by illegal logging, Jesse, James, Adam and many other musicians are concerned about how illegal logging negatively impacts forest ecosystems, wildlife, the global climate, and communities around the world – not to mention the sustainability of their craft. In this film, they go to the source of wood used in many guitars today and lend their voices to the imperative for legal and sustainable timber harvesting practices.

By raising awareness and showing the world that consumers will not tolerate illegally harvested wood products, we can protect these forests, as well as the people and wildlife that depend upon them. Origin matters. Ask where your wood is from.

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