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Making music rhyme with the Environment…is precisely the score organizers of festivals have been busy writing for the past several years

Three such festivals are particularly engaged in this movement:

The Burning Man Festival in USA

The Burning Man Festival takes place every year in the Black Rock Desert. However, the organizers make sure the desert systematically returns to its natural state once the festival is over. No glass bottles that might break. Metal containers are highly recommended.

burning man ecological principleThe mantra “Pack it in, Pack it out” of Burning Man means that the Burners must take responsibility for their own trash, including recycling: “Recycling is cheap and easy, and the benefits are immeasurable”.

Extract of one of 10 principles of festival: “Leaving no trace”

“Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them”.

Leave no trace glaston burryfestivalThe Glastonbury Festival in UK

Right from the start in the 1970s, the mythical Glastonbury Festival adopted the green mantra: ‘Leave No Trace’.  This means unplug and switch off all electrical devices before setting out for the festival;  bring recyclable dishware and reusable camping equipment; throw nothing away. The organizers also promote car-sharing, public transportation and ‘Bike to Glasto’, as the green way to get to the festival.

Extract of the green policies: “reduce, reuse and recycle

“We want all Festival-goers to think ‘zero waste’ and to take home what they bring onto the Festival site. We want Festivals-goers to think responsibly when they are packing their things to come to Glastonbury.

In 2014, thanks to the respect of the festival’s rules, 54 % of waste was recycled: 85 tonnes of cans and plastic bottles, 114 tonnes of composted organic waste, 23 tonnes of glass.”

The Weather Festival in France

The Weather Festival is one of Paris’s largest electronic music festivals: selective sorting and waste reclamation; recycled cups available with deposit/refund; distribution of pocket ashtrays; dry toilets onsite; promotion of sustainable development by a brigade of 150 volunteers…

 

 

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