Environmentally Festive: The ‘Beloved’ Way to Mitigate the Environmental Impact of Festivals

| 8/11/2017 10:49:00 AM


Right now we are in the heart of festival season. You might be reading this article in your home or office, but somewhere not too far away, people are festivaling.

People in Wisconsin are tossing cow dung around in the "Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival." In Austin, they are doing Lord knows at Eeyore's Birthday Party Festival. And from the sounds of the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys, some people are dancing the drowning fish dance (oh you know the move, you put your hands on your ears and pretend like they're gills).

And as millions of people from all over the world are uniting with their tribes to commune, learn, and celebrate their common goals and ground — there is an environmental dark side to these human gatherings.

Cue scary music: From the millions of plane tickets bought to attend festivals, to the emissions from millions cars, to all the human and non-organic waste produced from a summer’s worth of festivals — we run into the classic clash of our current times — how do you consciously plan or consciously attend a festival without comprising your commitments to Mother Earth?

How Beloved Answers the Environmental Question

The environmental question is especially stirring if you work on a festival like Beloved near Tidewater, Oregon. The ostensible purpose of this gathering is to raise consciousness of its attendees. So Beloved is held to and holds itself to a high environmental standard. That leads to some great top to bottom implementation of practices that are a plus for the earth.

Elliot Rasenick is the founder of Beloved. As the festival enters its tenth year this summer, his festival has adopted an environmentally realistic set of policies, goals, and procedures.

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