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Stuoolong said:Hi there UV22! I have many comments to make on this.
I should say that my main experience of "festivals" was, and still is, "green gatherings", in fact I was an organiser of one for three years. It was only more recently that I started going to events that were more in the scope of "Music festivals".
2. Many sites are too far away from public transport routes to be accessible thus. Even the Big Green Gathering is 8 miles from the nearest bus route, up a fat hill.
Transport can be specially provided at events. Generally I think that the amount you might be carrying to festival plays a factor too.
3. Festivals have a greater or smaller impact on the environment depending on how much effort the organisers and participants are willing to put in. For example, you can run an event for 20000 people without using generators. The impact of waste is only an issue if people cannot be bothered to pick things up/recycle them. Hiowever the traffic issue and general land damage you can't really control, and it will increase with numbers. You can limit the numbers of people driving arpound the site, and charge people extortionate amounts to park (but only if there are alternatives!)
5. You mean people don't?
Network recycling report a 30% waste at source seperation at festivals.
7. Does it actually cost any more to make such improvements? OK, say the organisers bought themslelves a Motswedi to pump water round the site I'd pay a pound extra but in general no.
This is a point I have raised in discussion. But at the moment for extra man power to do recycling it can be more expensive (although landfill tax will soon change this). To power with solar for example it is more expensive that generators (because they are less widely available). I think it would be difficult to prove to the general public that that was the reason for cost increases.
8. There's nowt wrong with potato starch plates! But yeah, forcing them to use china mugs is important. If we could do the same with places in towns, such as McDonalds, we could slash the polystyrene industry in pieces!
The first time I went to a large festival, I was horrified at how little effort the organisers had made to make the thing a little more environmentally friendly. The "green field", for example, had a sound system called "Fuel Tipper" which featured two greasy biker guys hanging off the doors of a sports car, which was being revved up, dancing to gabber. Not the most earth-friendly thing I have seen.
Part of the reason the Leeds festival was moved to Bramham Park is the impact it was having on Temple Newsam, it's former home and one of the most beautiful bits of Leeds. If you put a hundred thousand kids in a field with beer, you'll end up with a completely trashed field with litter embedded into the land and large amounts of soil pollution from cars, cooking stoves, lost drugs, lighters and make-up.
Stuoolong said:8. There's nowt wrong with potato starch plates! But yeah, forcing them to use china mugs is important. If we could do the same with places in towns, such as McDonalds, we could slash the polystyrene industry in pieces!