After BP's oil-and-methane spill in the Gulf of Mexico this year, James (now 16), Elaine (18), and their long-time friend Andrew Daniels (17) recorded "The Bird," with James as the lead singer and guitarist, Elaine on drums and vocal, and Andrew on bass.
"The Bird" was featured on the "Weekend without Oil" campaign of DoSomething.org -- "one of the largest organizations in the US that helps young people rock causes they care about" -- and in a blog piece called "Singing in support of wildlife" in The Defenders of Wildlife, a prominent national conservation organization.
One Eyed Rhyno is donating 100 percent of their proceeds for gulf restoration projects to The Student Conservation Association (SCA), which "builds new generations of conservation leaders and inspires lifelong stewardship by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land." I talked to the band members over the phone recently and asked them why they decided to donate the funds. They responded, "We're young. We don't have much time, we have to do everything we can right now." They told me they have events planned with SCA through Earth Day 2011.