By Sam Hofer
Making us sway with wavy melodies and beach-scented bass-lines, Jack Johnson has been in our hearts since 1999 when he first came onto the scene creating the soundtrack for the surfing cult-hit, Thicker Than Water. Ever since then he has been creating music for the common outdoorsmen and overall lazy Sunday afternoon enjoyer in us all. He has been busy in many other aspects of goodwill by which you might be surprised.
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Born in North Shore, Hawaii, in 1975 to surfing legend Jeff Johnson, young Jack spent nearly everyday in or near the ocean and loved the outdoors with a passion. It’s no surprise that now Jack Johnson is one of the biggest contributors to many environmental non-profits and charities around the world. He is an active donor to 1% for the Planet and Heal the Ocean among many other causes that help the planet live a healthy existence. He has expanded his reach beyond aid to the Earth in the past years and currently donates to 24 charities, supporting 21 different causes.
During many of his shows he encourages fans to donate to these various charities and will match their donations up to $2,500. Even more incredibly, Jack will donate 100% of the profits from ticket sales from his upcoming tour this year to charity.
Jack Johnson not only helps Mother Nature with his generous monetary donations; he also puts green practices into action on his tour. He has ridden his tour of water bottles and encourages all his band members to use refillable-bottles to cut down on the plastic use. He encourages his fans to do the same and follow the example he’s setting.
In 2008, Jack and his wife Kim founded the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. This foundation is set up to support the education on topics such as art, the environment, and music. This program also supports positive thinking in a sustainable way.
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