Carole King: Natural Woman, Natural Leader

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Iconic singer-songwriter and environmental activist Carole King talks music, activism, and the power of a meaningful gesture. King shares how her more than 50 years of activism has helped her see how interconnected issues like the environment, immigration, education and hunger truly are. “We are all connected as humans, whatever our party is, and we are all connected on the issues because the issues are interconnected,” King believes. “Hate is a feeling and it’s genuine and people feel it, but the way it has been misused and abused by so many people in politics is ugly… I want to encourage love and I want to encourage civil discourse.” This commitment is evidenced in King’s decades-long fight to protect national forests in and around her adopted state of Idaho as an advocate for the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act. “I take so much joy from the proximity to nature. It is intrinsically heartwarming. It nourishes us,” she says.

Join us for a conversation with an icon who shares her strength through her music and beyond.

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Carole King

Carole King

Singer/Songwriter Environmentalist
https://twitter.com/Carole_King https://www.facebook.com/CaroleKing https://www.instagram.com/carole_king Since writing her first number 1 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” at the tender age of 17, Carole King has arguably become the most celebrated and iconic singer/songwriter of all time. Carole's 1971 solo album, Tapestry, took her to the pinnacle. While she was recording Tapestry, James Taylor recorded King’s “You’ve Got A Friend,” taking the song all the way to No. 1. In a first for a female writer/artist, Tapestry spawned four GRAMMY Awards® — Record, Song and Album Of The Year as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female honors for Carole. With more than 25 million units sold worldwide, Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century, and Carole went on
to amass three other platinum and eight gold albums. Tapestry was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® in 1998. In 1987 Carole was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and, a year later, Goffin and King were awarded the National Academy of Songwriters’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
 In 1990 the duo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2002 Carole was honored with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Two years later, Goffin and King received the Trustees Award from The Recording Academy®. Carole received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2015. The tribute performance included James Taylor, and a show-stopping performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” by the incomparable Aretha Franklin that brought President Barack Obama to tears. In addition to her continuously evolving musical career, Carole, who has lived on an Idaho ranch since the early ’80s, is actively involved with environmental organizations in support of wilderness preservation.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies

Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR) formed in 1988 to meet the challenge of saving the Northern Rockies Bioregion from habitat destruction. We are thousands of individuals, business owners, and organizations taking a bioregional approach to protect and restore this great region. Our mission is to secure the ecological integrity of the Wild Rockies Bioregion through citizen empowerment and the application of conservation biology, sustainable economic models and environmental law. We have worked to protect thousands of acres of old growth forests from road building and logging in Montana’s Seeley-Swan Valley. We have stopped a 2,900 acre timber sale on the western border of Yellowstone National Park, saving 500 acres of old growth forest and preventing new logging roads from cutting into grizzly bear and lynx habitat. We have fought for native species both large and small, from mountain lions and wolverines to bull trout and ground squirrels. We are educating the public every day about the value of old growth forests and clean mountain watersheds. We are actively promoting the conservation of biological corridors between wilderness areas so that grizzlies, lynx, wolves, bison, and countless other native species can not only survive, but thrive. We are one of the smallest environmental organizations in the country, yet we have a huge impact. A membership-based, nonprofit organization, our board and advisors include some of the nation’s top scientists and conservationists, and their research and experience strongly supports the argument for the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.
The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act is the only comprehensive solution for protecting our national heritage which lies in the mountains, meadows, and rivers of the Rocky Mountains of the great American West. Though one may rarely stray from the hum of civilization, there is great satisfaction in knowing that wilderness still exists, largely untouched by the hand of man. Wilderness provides abundant clean water and air and gives us a place of refuge. It harbors thriving biodiversity and scientific discovery, and it is an integral part of our nation’s history.
Yet without protection from Congress or the President, this original American landscape is subject to deforestation, pollution, and development. Our public lands belong to all of us, and it is our duty to protect the immeasurable value of old-growth forests, snow-capped mountains, and freshwater rivers and lakes for many generations to come.

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