Five minutes with Paul George from Tijuana Cartel


Paul George is a singer and guitarist in the Gold Coast band Tijuana Cartel, who will play at the 2009 Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival.

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What's your environmental message to your listeners?

Live like there is no tomorrow, because there very well may not be, if we do not begin to honour the Earth now!

We exploit so much of our natural resources without fully understanding the consequences. We must strive toward sustainability.

Be mindful of your energy consumption, even small changes in the way we act will help to maintain our beautiful environment. We all impact the environment, so strive to be aware of where the products we use come from and understand that we all make an impact on this Earth.

What's the single biggest eco issue you care about the most?

Every year thousands of families are displaced all around the globe and forced to live as refugees, and climate change will see many more follow in their footsteps. We [Tijuana Cartel] support UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) who do so much to protect refugees and seek ways to help them restart their lives.

By accepting those from different cultures, embracing our differences and helping those in dire need of help, we can strengthen our ability as human beings to combat all issues, whether they be social, environmental, health or spiritual.

So much of the music we love has been heavily influenced by displaced human beings looking for a way to survive. Blues, Flamenco and Gypsy music are just the first few that come to mind. By accepting displaced people into our society we not only benefit refugees but ourselves and our own culture.

Some of the largest refugee camps in the world are situated in Dadaab, Kenya. It is reported that as of June 2009, the camps had a total of 278,059 refugees; 144,061 of these refugees are children aged between 0-17 years. Most of these People are displaced from unbearable environmental and political conditions in Somalia; all human beings and all in need of a future and assistance. It is an unbelievably large task to even consider helping people who live in camps like these scattered around the world and that is why it is so important for us to take note of those who are dedicating their time to help.

For more information on Tijuana Cartel, check out www.myspace.com/tijuanacartelband.

Click here for more information on the 2009 Peats Ridge Festival.