Festivals are a summer staple for making memories full of music, friends and fun.
But festival fun comes at a costly price for the planet. Bigger festivals like Glastonbury generate nearly 2000 tonnes of waste in a week, which is around 15kg of waste per festival-goer. And that’s on top of the carbon emissions produced across the weekend through diesel fuelled stages and lights, and travel to and from the site.
The Top 4 Actions of a Plastic Pollution Activist:
Turning Green is a global student-led movement devoted to cultivating a healthy, just and thriving planet through education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices. We inform, inspire, and mobilize a global network of students to become visionary catalysts for sustainable change in their lives, school campuses, and local communities. One of the most important issues we focus on is plastic pollution. Trash is already finding its way to the most isolated and untouched corners of our world. Just recently 38 million pieces of plastic were found on one of the world’s most remote islands, Henderson Island, which is part of the South Pacific Pitcairn group. Plastic pollution is not only affecting wildlife, but the quality of life for people around the world. And this is why we have to act now! Here are some tips on how to do it:
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As of 2015, more than 6.9 billion tons of plastic waste has been generated (National Geographic).
More than 40% of plastic is used only once, then it is tossed (National Geographic).
91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).
Since most plastic doesn’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, all of the plastic waste we have produced and continue to produce will exist for hundreds or even thousands of years (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).
One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans (Eco Watch).
In short, our plastic obsession is a horrendous problem. But what can we do? Living sustainability and plastic-free in today’s world can be overwhelming and daunting. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of not ever doing enough, but what if we broke it down into achievable steps we can all start taking today to make a change? In the words of Hillel the Elder, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”