WORLD – Angèle, PNL, Laylow … Even as Gorillaz, Jorja Smith and Moderat opened the festivities with lots of fun, the Paris festival We Love Green continues, this Saturday June 4 at the Bois de Vincennes, with many important artists.
Programming is compelling. The number of attendees at the festival, must be large. The music event, founded in 2010 with the idea of uniting music and respect for the environment, brought together, in 2019, more than 80,000 people. A number that, like many festivals of this size, raises specific questions about its impact on the environment.
In 2019, a study conducted by the company Enerys estimated the carbon footprint of a festival carrying 50,000 people on nearly 1,000 tonnes equivalent to CO2. As pointed out in the magazine Neonthis is roughly equivalent to 400 Paris-New York round trips by plane or the greenhouse gas emissions of 100 French people in a year.
Riding a car, yes, but on one condition
In the face of this observation, how, as festival attendees, can we contribute to reducing this carbon footprint? How about partying at a festival without further destroying the planet? The key word: peace. Zoé Mary, spokeswoman for the eco-friendly association Alternative, fell in love HuffPost some advice on how to approach it.
The first instinct is to think about your mode of transportation to get to the scene. “This is the primary source of pollution”, he told us. At We Love Green, for example, it accounts for 85% of its impact on the environment, according to the event’s website. “Arriving by car is the most polluting. And this, from so far away, ”Zoé Mary continued. According to him, priority should be given to cycling, public transport and carpooling, ie the three forms of “soft mobility”.
At the individual level, the activist continues, the most important thing, “it’s zero waste”. We know that if you’re going on a trip or a festival on multiple days, it’s hard to maintain good habits, such as buying in bulk or paying attention to plastic packaging. It is still possible. Take out disposable water bottles, bring a bottle of water with you (or at least an ecocup).
Cigarette butts and earplugs to avoid
Then comes the question of catering. This is the second largest greenhouse gas emissions at a festival, the specialist assures us. “Financially, we can never afford to eat what the place has to offer if we stay there three days in a row, he says. However, one day, it’s worth it.”
However, it is worth looking at what is served. Is it local food? Is it organic? Is it vegetarian? “You don’t have to eat meat for a day or two,” says Zoé Mary. The making of meat, it must be remembered, is especially selfish about water, grain and soil. It accounts for almost 20% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
As for smokers, they probably already know this: not throwing your cigarette butt on the ground is obvious. “They pollute the land and water very quickly,” the Alternative spokesperson recalled. And yet, there is still much under our feet. A pocket ashtray, as is always provided at the entrance to festivals, is a must.
When it comes to disposable earplugs, again, they have to go in the trash. The best thing is to get the ones available again. Accessible models are sold for between 7 and 10 euros, determines the connoisseur. “They have better quality and are easy to clean. Above all, it saves us from throwing them away after using them only once”, he continued.
To the organizers to minimize the impact
But now, all these reflexes, like spending thirty seconds analyzing a trash can before throwing your trash in it, have limitations. For Zoé Mary, not everyone has to come from the festival attendees. “Above all the festival itself and its organizers are really capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” the activist warned.
Efforts were made. The democratization of ecocup at festivals proves this. For Zoé Mary, that wasn’t enough. “It doesn’t have to stop reducing waste,” he said. It takes deeper thinking about the festival itself. ”
How to bring artists and attendees to the festival? What are we going to feed them? What energy will be used? Can we pool the technical equipment? Can communication around the festival be possible without posters and flyers? A recent report by The Shift Project shows that by reducing festival-goer gauges, the carbon footprint of a festival can be quickly reduced. Should we stop big groups? Other questions should be raised and should not deprive festival attendees of their freedom to have fun.
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