How can we reduce our environmental impact as ravers? Mixmag’s Chandler Shortlidge poses this question in a recent article, contemplating the state of environmental harm reduction and what the scene is doing to implement such a culture.
Let’s consider what is already in place. Burning Man (and like-spirited events) have a particular focus on packing out what one packs in, and a sustainable and leave-no-trace approach to partying. Several festivals and entire companies have banned the use of single-use plastics. Live Nation made a vow to eliminate all single-use plastics at their events by 2021.
Another factor to consider is the use of fossil fuels to get to faraway festivals. Attending more local events and only a few out-of-town events can help reduce one’s carbon footprint via public transport or one’s own bike, feet or skateboard to the show. That really serves as a double whammy because supporting your local scene and being a bit more environmentally friendly!
Closer to home, we are already seeing the impact of decades of environmental abuse as a whole. There is a direct correlation between climate change and the recent extremely severe wildfires in BC, Oregon and Washington state alike. Remember Shambhala Music Festival’s 2017 nearby-wildfire debacle? Yes, I was one of the ones who panicked and left early. Yes, before the rain. Groan! Luckily 2019 has seen relatively few smoky skies, but we cannot deny that this is a problem and one we will have to keep dealing with. Let’s do our best as a community to reduce our impact,
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