Willie Nelson to back biodiesel at environmental fundraiser 

The man has made no hush-hush secret about it – legendary country outlaw Willie Nelson is a big fan of alternative fuels, and biodiesel in particular.

So naturally, when Amazon Watch and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance team up to throw an environmental fundraiser, their guest of honor will no doubt be Nelson himself. Which is exactly what’s happening this Friday, here in San Francisco, where he’ll be performing as well as receiving the 2011 Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance Visionary Award (that’ll take up a lot of engraving space!).

The location: an ex-U.S. Mint, now known as the Bently Reserve, at 301 Battery St. A bevy of other acts will take the stage, too, such as Dan Hicks, Narada Michael Walden and Sara Wasserman (the daughter of Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman).

Ultimately, all of this is going down to help draw attention to biodiesel itself, and how it can not only benefit the communities where it’s produced but the entire world, as well. As opposed to non-renewable resources like oil, which – thanks to our mosquito-sucking the planet dry of it – has a looming, and very finite expiration date.

Past recipients of the Visionary Award have included Jack Johnson, for his work with Reverb. And in addition to the concert, there will be a locally-sourced dinner and a special charity auction. And if you’re still trying to wrap your head around what our species has done to this world – and ourselves in the process – read Daniel Quinn’s definitive novel “Ishmael.”

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