As a festival organiser, you may well find that artists increasingly start asking questions about your green credentials before they agree to headline your event.
According to the Daily Record, five musicians from Scotland – Jo Mango, Admiral Fallow’s Louis Abbott, RM Hubbert, Rachel Sermanni and The Pictish Trail – had their carbon footprints measured over six months as part of the Fields of Green research project.
It was discovered that collectively they had a carbon footprint of 40,000 miles during the 2015 festival season and now these musicians are supporting the campaign to make gigs and festivals more eco-friendly in the future.
Dr Jo Collinson Scott, a lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland and who also performs as Jo Mango, was one of the study’s partners and was quoted by the news source as saying: “Music festivals are wonderful occasions but there are challenges in looking after the environment when large numbers of people are gathering in one place. Festivals like Glastonbury are making a difference by introducing bus stops on site. These mean fewer fans drive to the gig, reducing the carbon footprint and saving them a long walk from the car park to the hub of the action.”
Coming up with initiatives for your own festival that actively get people participating in being eco-friendly at the event is perhaps the best way to go. You could look at schemes like Frank Water’s #FreeFill at Festivals campaign that provides people with unlimited refills of chilled and filtered water when they buy a FreeFill bottle, for example. Perhaps call a meeting with your steward staff to see if they have any good ideas in this regard.