Saturday, 11 June 2011

Greening up Festivals

It's good to see Pitchfork have declared their green intentions for their 2011 Chicago based festival. Obviously musicians can clock up a more than average amount of airmiles etc touring and so I think it is vitally important for the environment that festival organisers pay attention to their carbon footprint and encourage festival goers to do the same. If you're interested in what they're doing, all the details are here. Basically they have said they have put together a recycling programme to enable food vendors to recycle their waste and there will be more recycling bins dotted around the festival. There's more free secure bike parking, the festival will be powered by biodiesel fuel and they are encouraging people to buy carbon offsets for long journeys made by air/car/van/train etc. There are so many more things festival organisers and attendees can be doing such as decreasing the number of leaflets handed out, selling local produce, sharing transport and it is great to see any amount of effort being made. Of course loads of other festivals are pulling their weight, here's the Guardians 'Green Guide' to some of this years Summer festivals.

Of course we are all responsible for the environment so it's up to all of us to make an effort to reduce our impact whichever festivals we attend this summer. 

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