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Here’s a free hug from Splore Festival, and as festival ticket holders wait for an update on this year’s festival following the country’s shift in alert levels, Splore has some good news to share.
For the first time, Splore Festival’s 2021 Event Operations will be certified as carbon neutral by Toitū Envirocare. It’s a huge (and voluntary) step for a multi-day music and arts festival to measure its lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and achieve a carbon neutral Event Operations certification.
Splore festival organisers are calling on the 9,000 festival goers to make one change to further reduce their own carbon emissions, by getting involved with the festival’s zero carbon pledge campaign.
“We have done everything we can to reduce the festival’s carbon emissions. We see our progress as a collective effort, and we now invite the Splore community to take action and play their part too,” says Festival Director John Minty.
Splore attendees have plenty of options to reduce their own emissions, which includes thinking about how they travel to Splore, and using Splore’s travel calculator to measure and offset their own travel related emissions and review what pledge they want to take.
The pledge campaign asks Splorers to make a practical change which will reduce their carbon emissions, such as car-pooling or catching the subsidised bus to Splore, choosing to eat a vegetarian meal, borrowing or using recycled materials for costumes, and being mindful of what they consume and bring to the event. They can also donate to offset their unavoidable carbon emissions.
Splore’s goal is also to be a zero waste-to-landfill event, so organisers are also asking attendees to reconsider what they consume and what they bring to the festival, with the ultimate aim of minimising waste.
“Splore is a fantastic opportunity to come together with friends and family, including children, to share the natural environment of Tāpapakanga Regional Park, we want it to be as easy on the environment as possible,” says Minty.
Photo Dan Scott