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I hope that you´re doing okay and enjoying the warm and long summer days! Summer is synonymous with fun, beach and… music festivals (I love them!).
I´m sure that you all know what I´m talking about: the sunsets with music, picnic food and camping with friends, but probably what you also notice is that summer festivals are becoming more sustainable.
Festival organisers are now more and more interested in moving the festivals towards sustainability. They know that we care about the environment, so this new tendency shows that organisers are presenting new solutions to minimize the ecological impact.
Fourty-six festivals across the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and North America have been awarded with the Greener Festival Award for their green efforts in reducing their environmental impact in 2011, given by A Greener Festival http://www.agreenerfestival.com
In addition, Festivals are also a way to address climate and environmental themes. By using these mass events, organisers highlight sustainability topics through workshops, music, performance and arts.
But how is chemistry contributing to turn the festivals more green?
Solar panels, for example, are an energy producer at festivals. Panels are used to produce the energy used to power event sound systems and stage lighting.
The panels have other usages too. For example, the solar panels heat the water used at on-site shower facilities.
Case study: The Power of positive energy
Festivals usually take place in the suburbs due to the lack of space in the cities. Some festival organisers provide free shuttles from the cities to the festival campus in order to avoid car traffic and car pollution.The majority of these shuttles, also called green buses, are electric, hybrid and low-CO2 emission thanks to new solutions provided by chemistry.
Case study: Couleur Café is a green festival!
Discarding waste is a core problem at festivals. Waste produced by large audiences within very short time periods comes in the form of plastic bottles, drink cans, cardboard, and other materials. This waste must be managed quickly and with low impact on the environment.
Recycling all these materials is key to ensure a more sustainable festival, and chemistry is contributing with new and less polluting recycling solutions.
Case study: V Festival – Every can counts campaign
If you haven´t had the opportunity to enjoy a summer festival, no worry there are still a few to come, have a look:
Guardian´s Music festival Guide 2012 – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/series/music-festivals-guide-2012