Paul Doffing: I do not tour by bicycle to make an example of myself
|Photo by Kevin C. Walker|
Before his album-release show at the Aster Cafe, Doffing spoke with Gimme Noise about his move to Ames, Iowa, and his reasons for touring the way he does, including how he tries to make the world a better place.
See also: How Paul Doffing toured his music around the U.S. -- on his bike
Gimme Noise: Since we last spoke, you have moved to Ames, Iowa. What is the music scene like there?
Paul Doffing: The music scene in Ames is really wonderful. I didn't necessarily expect it before I moved here, but it is immediately evident when you are here. There are some great venues and the scene is very open and welcoming. I'm loving it!
effort toward a more sustainable way of life has been a universally
resonant concept with the people I have met and performed for. People
realize that many common practices are not sustainable and want to know
how to change. I find that most people I talk to realize, at least
partially, that our situation is quite dire if things do not change.
Our system currently has no substitute for fossil fuels, and fossil fuel resources are rapidly depleting. The logical conclusion is that following this course will lead to the starvation of millions of people. Importantly, this line of reasoning doesn't even involve global climate change, which will almost certainly increase the severity of the crisis.
Gimme Noise: What do you say to people who say that's it's futile -- that "You're only one person. What difference can that make?"
Paul Doffing: What difference does one person make? A movement is made up of people. I am one person participating in the life of the whole world. When we see that our present course is unsustainable and decide to change our own lives, we change the whole world.