Does the science behind this eco-friendly music festival work?

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Does the science behind this eco-friendly music festival work?



We Love Green is one of the most eco-friendly music festivals (Picture: We Love Green)I admit the environment is not the first thing I think about when choosing a music festival to attend.
But there is no excuse for event organisers to not attempt to reduce waste.
I’ve just attended an eco-friendly event called We Love Green that aimed to limit the impact it had on the environment.
But did it manage this or was it too ambitious?
The festival in Paris did the typical things expected from ‘green’ events like having compost toilets.
Guests had to use a water free urinal or a wooden hole and compost, which saved a massive amount of water.
So far, so good.

The Think Tank stage is where speakers talk about how to tackle the world’s problems (Picture: We Love Green)Anyone who goes to music festivals will be familiar with people walking around picking up discarded cups so they can exchange them for cash or credit.
This was in full force at We Love Green and worked a treat in terms of recycling.
The festival also claimed to be 100% fossil free by only using a solar farm and a hydrogen-powered generator prototype.
I spotted the large solar panels while I was walking between sets.
People were able to charge their smartphones and other gadgets at special solar powered stations.

Solar panels were used at the festival (Picture: We Love Green)

We Love Green stats

80,000 trees to be planted with Ecosia (1 per festival goer) – this will offset 1,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.
All performers and artists will match their carbon emissions by funding local biodiversity conservation projects.
100% fossil fuel free – this year they will be powered by a solar farm and a hydrogen-powered generator prototype.
100% single-use plastic free – all cutlery and plates are 100% compostable and made from recycled materials. Water will be served in reusable bottles from taps and jugs.
All rubbish is sorted – 74% of waste is recycled, 14,000 litres of compost was made in 2018.
100% dry toilets – last year they saved 2.4 million litres of water by using composting toilets.
100% traceable, locally produced, organic food served – a range of healthy veggie and flexi food will be available.

This year the festival made all performers and artists match their carbon emissions by funding local biodiversity conservation projects.
I suppose it was cool knowing the artists had bought into the concept of the event.
The music line-up was also stellar, with Tame Impala, Christine and the Queens, Future and Erykah Badu headlining the event.

Tame Impala were great (Picture: We Love Green)The We Love Green organisers tried to stay sustainable by placing an emphasis on recycling, limiting the use of greenhouse gases and coming up with ideas that would help us in our everyday lives.
The ideas part was seen at the Think Tank stage, with the theme this year being ‘What’s going wrong and what are the solutions?’
Former head of Greenpeace Kumi Naidoo led a discussion on climate change called ‘Civil Disobedience: For Climate Justice and Sustainable Peace?”
Ugandan environmental activist also spoke at the Climate Generations presentation along with Youth for Climate France co-ordinator Martial Breton.
Goldman Environmental Prize winner Claire Nouvian was also on hand to lead a talk titled ‘He who controls the sea… controls the world?’

WLG food at the festival (Picture: We Love Green)

A closer look at the food (Picture: We Love Green)In conclusion I have to say the festival proved to me promoters have no excuse not implementing more environmentally friendly concepts.
If you’re interested in attending UK music festivals that are just as eco-friendly as We Love Green you should check out the Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Gathering and Wood Festival, which all received an outstanding award in the Greener Festival Awards last year along with We Love Green.
If you’re prepared to travel you can visit Boom Festival in Portugal, DGTL Festival in Holland and Øya Festival in Norway, which have a similarly high ranking.
We Love Green took place in the Bois de Vincennes public park on the Eastern outskirts of Paris, the Plaine de la Belle Étoile.

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