Giving festivals a bad name

Festival season. Great memories eh? And not even a brutal tropical shower or several can take the shine off it. But while festivals make us music people happy as Larry, the pollution from them rubs the planet up the wrong way. And why shouldn’t it. Surely green and festival are two words that should go together.

Good job then that Glastonbury, the mother of all festivals, has been getting its act together of late. They’ve taken on the likes of metal tent pegs. And other festivals are starting to take note too. But it’s not just down to them – the spotlight’s on you as well.

Using public transport or scrounging a lift to get there is on page 1. Recycling and using paper and biodegradable materials to reduce waste is also in the book. And how about this for an idea: biodegradable tent pegs made from potato starch, which eventually break down in the soil. Genius.

But that’s just the beginning. Wind, solar and biodiesel (from cooking oil) can be used to power stages and stalls while solar heated showers can do their bit too. Caked on mud will finally have its day. And a tough line is being taken on the bands too. See no one’s too big for the environment. Low-energy lighting like LEDs, which don’t haemorrhage energy, is where they need to begin. This is why: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/led.htm

Carbon neutral festivals don’t need be a pipe dream.

See how Glastonbury is trying to become a greener music festival:
www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

The artist Jack Johnson is one of a number of musicians trying to minimise the environmental impact of their touring:
www.jackjohnsonmusic.com/greening

These greener festivals have definitely earned a mention:
www.agreenerfestival.com/
Get involved in the music side of festivals as:

Or you might want to help organise the event itself or provide services to festival goers as:

How about working behind the scenes as:

  • chemical engineer devising new forms of fuel or ways to make conventional fuel more efficient
  • An environmental scientist determining the best ways to reduce the environmental impact of music festivals
  • conservation officer establishing the best ways to reduce the impact of a music festival on the local countryside