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The Footprint of Concerts: Whenever you have hundreds (or thousands if you’re talking about a music festival) of people traveling to an event, the emissions and trash stack up pretty quickly. From diesel generators to the emissions of cars driven to the venue and the thousands of single-use plastic containers that are served–concerts and music festivals are in much need of an eco overhaul. While some festivals are making the effort to green their practices, there’s very little guidance for how concert and festival organizers can make more sweeping changes.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of data on just how carbon and resource-intensive concerts truly are. That’s why scientists from the University of Manchester are creating a blueprint to help bands and pop stars to perform live and tour the world without contributing to climate change–Massive Attack is one of the bands working to give data to this project.
Why This Matters: We’ve seen just about every major music tour canceled this week as a result of the coronavirus. At the same time, there have been quite a few parallels between coronavirus and climate change: effectively climate change is a colossal human health hazard that’s being played out over a decade whereas COVID-19 has been swift. As we grapple with this pandemic, we should also take the time to assess how our systems and society need to change to prepare for the effects of climate change. Concerts are actually a good place to start to raise awareness as musicians have a lot of influence on their fans and are able to get them engaged in environmental issues.
Why This Matters: While fishing gear that is in use is a threat to marine life like whales, abandoned fishing gear is just a tragedy waiting to happen and completely needless — eliminating it is totally within our control.
As nations across the world work to address the plastic pollution crisis–especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic–Canada made a big step in its effort to control needless plastic waste. As CNN reported, “The country plans to ban single-use plastics — checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and even foodware made from […]
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