Archive for September 25, 2011

Festivals and the Environment

by Liz

It has been a very busy summer for Erica and I and we have not had much of a chance to keep up with our blog.  Well while I am bored at work I am going to try and get the ball rolling again!

This summer I did get to attend Leeds Festival which is a music festival where you camp out for 3 to 4 days.  Despite the freezing cold weather I had a great time. The bands were amazing and I got to sit around a campfire! (With eco friendly made logs)  There was one problem, the waste produced by the festival…

Our eco-friendly campfire

The festival did have a lot of sustainable initiatives put in place but unfortunately a lot was wasted.  You can see a list of their initiatives here.  The first initiative I encountered was the reducing CO2 initiative.  The website explain how much emissions it takes to get to the festival and offered train and bus deals as an alternative with shuttles taking you to the site.  Another very productive initiative was the one where if you brought a bag full of recyclable cups or cans you get a free beer.  I saw many people doing that, which meant less rubbish near the stages.  By the campsites there were also people designated to picking up rubbish while others were to pick recycling.  I was surprised though that there were not many places to put your own rubbish or recycling.  If there were more around people would probably be more inclined not to just leave it on the ground.


Tent city... how much was left for a landfill?

My biggest problem is the attitude of festival goers.  By the end of the weekend there was trash everywhere.  Idiots were burning camping chairs and tents and most people just left tents and chairs and sleeping bags there.  They will probably just buy all new equipment for next year’s festival season.  Even some of the people I went with couldn’t be bothered bringing some of the stuff back.  This means it all goes in a garbage dump.  Most of the stuff was brand new! If people just reused their equipment the environment would be much happier. The festival also had an area where if you didn’t want to keep your stuff you could donate it and it would be given to local communities, yet it wasn’t very well advertised.  I can’t imagine what the clean up looked like.  Just look at my picture and how many tents there were!! Shocking.  I’ve said it before, but people need to wake up to what we are doing to our planet.


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