Monthly Archives: January 2010

New Glastonbury recycling film online now

Reduce, reuse, recycle

If  you were walking in the countryside would you throw your rubbish on the floor or wait for a bin? Hmmm, some people at Glastonbury seem to think that the floor is just fine and dandy. Luckily there is a plan in place to clear up and recycle whatever the Festival can.

This short film by Joe Wheatley gives you an insight into the huge operation that takes place to keep the Glastonbury site clean during the Festival. Every can or plastic bottle that goes into the recycling bins gets sorted by hand, by our dedicated recycling team in the green barn close to Worthy Farm. The stars of this are the Litter Pickers, the villains the idle careless fans who just, well, seem to prefer to live in filth.


IPCC glacier melt claim found not to hold water

The UN’s climate science body has admitted that a claim made in its 2007 report – that Himalayan glaciers could melt away by 2035 – was unfounded. But the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri, has now said that whilst the UN body will exercise more surveillance to ensure such a mistake does not occur again, he will not resign. Admitting the mistake for the third time in four days at a press conference in New Delhi, Pachauri said the criticism did not take away from the IPCC report’s overall conclusion that glaciers in the Himalayas were receding saying “I have no intention of resigning from my position. I was elected by acclamation by all the countries of the world and I have a task, I have got to complete the fifth assessment report and I shall do it and make sure that we come up with a robust report”. The admission today followed a New Scientist article last week that revealed the source of the claim made in the 2007 report by the IPCC was not peer-reviewed scientific literature – but from a media interview with Indian glaciologist Syed Hasnain conducted in 1999. Hasnain told the New Scientist last week that “it is not proper for IPCC to include references from popular magazines or newspapers.

Several senior scientists have now said the claim was unrealistic and that the large Himalayan glaciers could not melt in a few decades. The IPCC has now said the paragraph “refers to poorly substantiated estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers. In drafting the paragraph in question, the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly.” The IPCC says the broader conclusion of the report is unaffected: that glaciers have melted significantly, that this will accelerate and affect the supply of water from major mountain ranges “where more than one-sixth of the world population currently lives”. The Indian environment minister, Jairam Ramesh, said earlier in the week: “The [glaciers] are indeed receding and the rate is cause for great concern … [but the claim is] not based on an iota of scientific evidence.” Georg Kaser, an expert in tropical glaciology at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and a lead author for the IPCC, said he had warned that the 2035 prediction was clearly wrong in 2006, months before the report was published. “This [date] is not just a little bit wrong, but far out of any order of magnitude,” he said.

See the Guardian and the Times

Oya get top green gong at European Festival Awards

The Öya Festival in Norway has won the prestigious overall Green n Clean Award at the European Festival Awards which took place last night (January 13th) at Eurosonic Noorderslag convention in Gronigen in the Netherlands. The Award is one of a handful awarded by an expert judging panel, with most other awards up for audience members to vote for. The Awards were organised by our friends at  and the European festival organisers association, Yourope, along with Eurosonic Noorderslag.

Öya Festivalen, which also won a Greener Festival Award in 2009, is built on high sustainability principles that seem to infiltrate right through the event. On it’s websites green pages, it describes its aims to be one of the most environmentally sound festivals in Norway and to give our visitors an opportunity to act in an environmentally conscious way as well. Our own environmental auditor reported that at the event, its clear that the organisers give their audience an opportunity to act responsibly with regards to the environment, as well as being encouraged to think about the issues. The use of renewable electricity from the national grid across most parts of the site. Being close to the centre of Oslo, the audience were encouraged to walk or use the good public transport system, including subsidised fares (by Oyacard) for festival ticket holders.

Other winners on the night included:

Best Major Festival: Heineken Open’er Festival (Poland)

Best Medium-Sized Festival: Dour Festival (Belgium)

Best Small Festival: Cactusfestival (Belgium)

Best New European Festival: Openfields Festival (Belgium)

Best Line-Up: Rock Werchter (Belgium)

Festival Anthem Of The Year: Coldplay – Viva la Vida

Best Artist Newcomer White Lies

Best Headline Artist: The Prodigy

Artists’ Favourite Festival: Rock Werchter (Belgium)

Promoter Of The Year: Herman Schueremans (Live Nation, Belgium)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jan Smeets (Pinkpop, The Netherlands)

Nurse Bell to the green theatre please!

For all of those who prefer their scones with butter and strawberry jam and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, then NURSE BELL are just your cup of tea – very English and great at breakfast.

And now the anarcho-funk-disco-folk-indie-politico rockers have announced plans to join the green revolution by adopting a number of carbon efficient touring policies in a bid to fight climate change. In a move to reduce the environmental impact of their gigs, the band,  the brainchild of young Dr West and “The Nurse of a Certain Age” have posted up new plans on their website saying that these include employing an ‘all green’ staff policy for the tour – all roadies will have to have green face paint and green clothing and “will look like leprechauns” and that “all vehicles to be used (quite a few) will be painted green with the words ‘we have gone green’ painted on the side. All stages will be decorated green and the band will be reading green(ish) newspapers on their tour bus. Nurse Bell told this Blog  “See – we are doing our bit to save the planet!”. They also advise fans to log onto for details of energy saving ideas – the top tip today – “why not hire in servants with their own car to drive you to the pub so you don’t waste unnecessary energy – good eh!”.

The band have a number of important issues to promote including marmite and nudity (although not together) and have recently launched the online website  for victims of clinically gullibility as well as a new single, Black Dr Martens, first released by Whitstable’s legendary punk band The Ignerents.

The band have now entered the 2010 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition (ETC) saying “We plans to gig a lot this year but Glasters would be the jewel in the crown. With all of the green stuff going on down in Somerset we could treat the whole shenanigan as one giant offset with absolutely no effort from us  – that’s a fab way to start the new year isn’t it? Now all we have to do is get selected for the finals and then win. Pyramid Stage, here we come!”

AGreenerFestival does not actively support offsetting except as a measure of last resort. As Dr West is prone to say ……. oooooooooooh Nurse Bell.