Up Their Act
Copy write 2010
Publishes in The Face of Chelmsford Magazine summer edition.
10:10 is an ambitious project to unite every sector of society behind one simple idea: cutting our emissions by 10% in 2010. The campaign was founded by Fanny Armstrong, director of the climate change blockbuster The Age of Stupid. The Climate Safety report had identified a 10% cut in the developed world’s emissions by the end of 2010 as the kind of target we should be aiming for to maximise our chances of avoiding a climate catastrophe.
How 10:10 festival programme & event organisers will reduce carbon emissions in 2010.
A coalition of UK festivals, bought together by the 10:10 campaign and specialists Julie’s Bicycle, are implementing a carbon reduction programme which will see each event cut its own carbon footprint by 10%. Julie’s Bicycle is a broad coalition of music, theatre and scientific experts committed to making our industry green. “British summertime wouldn’t be the same without music festivals and we feel privileged to be working with some of the very best this year”, says Eugenie Harvey, director of 10:10.
“Music festivals in the UK have been making huge efforts to reduce their environmental impacts and Julie’s Bicycle is really pleased to provide practical support which will help them fulfill their 10% reduction ambitions. 10:10 is an ideal campaign for festival-goers to sign up to, and we hope there will be plenty more summer pledges” said Alison Tickell, director of Julie’s Bicycle.
10:10 is a dramatically different carbon reduction campaign works with individuals, businesses and organisations ranging from hospitals to councils to schools. The two companies are working together to help festivals identify and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy – Covering all the gas, electricity, diesel, propane and butane that it takes to light up the stages, pump music from the speakers and power the refreshment stands. A large festival can emit hundreds of tonnes of CO2 just from energy demands, however festivals are combating this by switching to cleaner sources of energy, efficient lighting, and in the case of the Isle of Wight, an entirely solar-powered stage. Latitude, Reading and Leeds festivals have continuously increased the use of biofuel such as waste vegetable oil.
Waste – Festival-goers leave behind hundreds of tonnes of waste, much of which ends up as landfill. This ranges from small items like cigarette butts and used cups, to costumes and entire tents. On-site waste separation and recycling is crucial to minimising emissions from landfill. Lovebox has committed to having 100% recyclable or biodegradable drink vessels in 2010, and Bestival sends recycled goods to a nearby gasification plant to be turned into electricity. All cups and cutleries sold at Latitude, Reading and Leeds arenas are either recycled or composted. Reading and Leeds work with several charities to prevent tones of re-usable goods from going to waste, even broken tent fabric can find a new life as a jacket or a bag!
Together they are supporting festivals in promoting transport alternatives such as life sharing and public transport. For further information check out the festival section of the 10:10 website: http://www.1010global.org
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