Monthly Archives: August 2010

One of the world’s highest profile ‘climate change sceptics’ seems to have a had a change of heart – miraculously at the same time as he has published a new book! Bjorn Lomborg has now said that global warming is ‘undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today the Guardian reports, saying in his new book Smart Solutions that tens of billions of dollars need to be spent to battle climate change – on clean power, on climate engineering concepts such as cloud whitening to reflect back the sun’s rays, planting trees and on adapting to climate change by eg building up sea defences. He wants the new money to be funded by a carbon tax which he says could raise $250 billion per annum which he would allocate as follows : $1 billion in geo-engineering; $50 billion on adapting to change; $100 billion on research and development of clear energy technology (wind, wave, solar); and $99 billion on healthcare, clean water and education.

In other news, there is increasing pressure on Rajendra Pachauri, who leads the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to stand down and let someone new takeover the reins of the organisation, which recently faced widespread criticism for flawed research that showed that all Himalayan glaciers would have melted by 2035. Pauchauri, who has faced criticism for being on the board of energy companies and personally financially gaining from his role at the IPCC has said that he has no intention of resigning unless the 194 governments who control the IPCC ask him to go.

Fewer flyers are offsetting their flights – in fact just 7% offset now – despite well over half being aware of offset schemes. A study of passengers at Stanstead airport in the UK by the Civil Aviation Authority said that 93% of passengers didn’t offset – but 56% were aware of offsetting.

Greenpeace have let us know that their activists have “evaded massive security” including Danish navy commandos and have scaled Cairn Energy’s controversial oil rig off Greenland in Arctic waters. Activists are now hanging from tents suspended from ropes. For live updates go to

]Friends of the Earth are urging EU countries to stop their African ‘land grab’ in the race to open up more production for bio-fuels to meet new EU targets. In the report Africa – up for Grabs, Friends of the Earth says the EU needs to drop its goal of producing 10% of all transport fuels by 2020 saying that vast swathes of rainforest will be cleared and local communities will be deprived of farmland and food with the UN estimating that biofuel production could push up food prices by 40% over the coming decade.

The plan that all UK new homes would be ‘zero carbon’ by 2016 is to be scaled back in the face of pressure from house builders. The plans was to achieve a massive reduction in carbon emissions, including emissions from household appliances, hearting and lighting and energy saving plans included installing solar panels on new builds.


The Good, the bad and the bugly

 A special awards ceremony at the Assembly Hall in Islington has recognised the efforts of school children accross the Borough on environmental issues. Efforts at the schools which inclued New North School and Tufnell Park School included giving up their lunchtimes to monitor energy use and doing gardening. Sadia, Anika, Amirah and Jessica from New North School said “the reason these awards are important to us is because it tells everyone our school is eco-friendly and it makes us feel proud that our hard work staying green has been recognised.
Bad boys – fly-tippers who illegally dumped used tyres on land in King’s Cross ln London have been given jail sentences following an investigation by Islington Council. Malcolm Regan, Michael Briggs and Anthony Gustave were caught at the site near the Channel Tunnel rail link in York Way in May 2009 after Council investigators had managed to track the vehicle they were using and then alerted police, who arrested the three men at the scene. About 3,000 tyres were found dumped at the site. All three defendants pleaded guilty to two counts of depositing controlled waste in York Way in May 2009, in breach of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Regan, 44, of Bow, E3, was sentenced to four months in prison. Briggs, 29, of Bethnal Green, E2, and Gustave, 32, of Hackney, E8, were given three months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, with 120 hours community service and curfew conditions. They were also ordered to pay costs of £250 each.
And bad apples – Apple have banned iPhones from a UK green ranking scheme which is designed to assess the ecological impact of handsets – Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung are part of the scheme launched in partnership with Forum for the Future and is based on 63 questions which cover topics such as the energy and resources used in manufacturing the phone and its components. 02 rated the Sony Ericsson Elm as the most eco-friendly phone.
Lastly bugs – A fun day out for the family including demonstations on vegetable gardening, beehive care and a mini-beast safari takes place on the 18th September at St Lukes Centre, Islington. Email for more details.


The third annual UK Festival Conference has been launched with new media partners. Tickets for the Conference and the Awards on now sale for Thursday, November 18th 2010 at the British Music Experience, O2 Complex, London. The third annual Festival Awards UK Conference launches today with the addition of Brand Republic as a media partner. Set to take place on Thursday 18th November 2010 at the British Music Experience, part of London’s The O2, it has fast become the leading event for the Britain’s festival business, bringing the industry together to discuss the most pressing topics facing the sector. Following the huge success of last year’s Conference, Festival Awards Ltd, the organisation behind the Conference & Awards 2010 has expanded the number of panel discussions and recruited a further two of the UK’s leading media outlets as partners to this year’s event. Renowned international live music industry magazine Audience and the UK’s leading advertising, marketing, media and PR portal Brand Republic will join last year’s partners, Music Week, LiveUK, TPi Magazine and IQ to host conference sessions. As the UK continues to struggle with difficult economic conditions, Conference media partners will bring their individual expertise and market experience to produce discussions on the key issues in the festival industry – providing delegates with access to the most up-to-date thinking and developments. A topline overview of the six Conference Sessions is as follows, with further details including industry expert panellists to be announced in due course:

‘Making your festival profitable’ – in association with Music Week. Running a festival is a fun – but risky – business, especially with so much competition in the market and difficult economic conditions. From policing expenses and infrastructure to all the little “extras” that give events their uniqueness, what options are there for cutting costs without compromising quality, and what non-traditional revenue streams can be accessed? This panel of experts will show you how.

 ‘Best Practice for Leveraging Branded Activity at Music Festivals without selling out’ – in association with Brand Republic. More information about the Brand Republic session will be announced shortly.

Non-ticketed events should be banned…discuss’ – in association with TPI. The Love Parade disaster was a tragic example of the dangers presented by non-ticketed music events, but there is also evidence that, if managed properly with the correct crowd control measures, these events can operate safely. Key figures in crowd management will debate the viability of banning non-ticketed events and discuss the pivotal relationship between crowd control measures and the enjoyment of the festival-goer.

 ‘The Crime Busters’ – in association with LIVE UK. Although festivals have exemplary crime rates, compared with communities of the same size, large crowds of young people enjoying themselves are still seen as easy prey for organised crime gangs. In a follow-up to last year’s panel, LIVE UK will be reviewing the effects of this season’s anti-crime initiatives, discussing new ideas and looking at the threats festival organisers still need to be aware of..

 ‘Battle of the Bands’ – in association with Audience. While tens of thousands of aspiring wannabes worldwide are constantly locked in battles for prizes and profile, there’s a maelstrom of conflicts taking place at the top of the business, as festivals fight for the best artists and agents struggle to secure prime positions and fees. Acts mean audiences; with fans even prepared to move between countries to see their favourite artists. This panel examines this relatively new dynamic.

 ‘Dispatches from the Field’ – in association with IQ. Part of the joy of festivals is their unpredictability. From hurricanes and heatwaves, to riots and revelry, we all have a festival tale or two, but this panel of industry experts have them in abundance. IQ Magazine will be welcoming an allstar cast to the stage to swap festival tales from the frontline, as they share some of their highs, lows and most unusual moments from the field.

James Drury, the newly appointed Managing Director of Festival Awards Ltd said: “Last year’s events were a real success, with over 1,000 people at the Awards, and 500 at the Conference. We are building on those achievements to make 2010 even better. The number of conference panels has been increased to six in order to provide more opportunities for debate of the key issues in the industry, while the Awards ceremony will again see the highlights from the last 12 months picked out by thousands of festival-goers and our judging panels of journalists and industry experts. The British festival industry is regarded the world over as a model of best practice thanks to its professionalism, and the market’s vibrancy and popularity. After a day of thought-provoking conference sessions, the UK Festival Awards will be a celebration worthy of another year of great achievement.”

Applications have now opened for the Festival Awards UK. Almost all of the Awards are voted for by the fans, and the public can vote for categories that include Best Major, Medium and Small Festival, The Grassroots Festival Award, Best Family-Friendly Festival and of course…Best Toilets. Public voting in the Awards is weighted by attendance, so smaller capacity events have an equal chance against the larger ones. Our own ‘Greener Festival Award’ for the greenest of the green UK festivals will also be made on the day and we are hoping as many festivals as possible who took part in our Greener Festival Awards scheme can turn up to pick up their ‘bottle’ trophy and have their photo taken with us and Greener Festival Awards sponsor Roberston Taylor insurance brokers. Other awards, such as Best Line-Up, Promoter of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award are decided by judging panels made up of industry experts and journalists

To have an event included on the long-list, organisers need to fill out a short application form at  by 12 September. Last year almost 500,000 votes were cast.  The winners are announced on 18 November at the gala ceremony at Indigo2 at The O2 in London, which attracts over 1,000 people from the industry

Tickets for the Festival Awards UK Conference & Awards 2010 have now gone on sale via the exclusive ticketing platform HMV Tickets and are available in the following price structures. Delegates wishing to attend the Conference and/or Award events can combine ticket packages to suit their needs:

Platinum Ticket £145 • Table seat for Festival Awards show with some complimentary drinks at Indigo2 (12 seats per table; option to buy full table available) • Three-course gourmet meal with wine • Entry to UKFA after-show party • Delegate Bag

Conference only £60 • Full conference delegate pass to all sessions at British Music Experience, The O2, London • Copy of the UK Festival Report • Drinks reception • Delegate Bag

Awards only £30 • Mezzanine access to the Awards show at IndigO2, London • Entry to after-show party

More information on the Festival Awards UK Conference & Awards 2010 can be found at  and , while tickets can be purchased directly from HMV Tickets by visiting

BBC Countryfile at the Big Chill

If you missed it, you can check out a really good report on greener festivals from the BBC as part of the Countryfile programme, which was first shown on Sunday 23rd August and is now up on the BBC iPlayer. It features contributions from our very own Claire O’Neill, Big Chill production manager Claudia Langmead, from land owner James Hervey-Bathurst and from Melvin Benn, boss of Festival Republic and organiser of the Big Chill and explores the impact of audience travel on greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and the waste left behind a festivals by the fans and returning the land back to the beautiful coutryside it usually is. The second part on the hard work which is the ‘clear up’ and the positive ecomomic impact of the Big Chill is at about 31.20 minutes in.

The iPlayer link is  and John Craven’s report starts at about 09.40 minutes in



Created and Performed by Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare

National Tour 2010  – THU 9 SEPTEMBER – FRI 12 NOVEMBER, 2010Winner of the Arches Brick Award and nominated for a Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2009,  

6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won is a prescient tale for our times, touching on pertinent themes of ecology and sport. Combining physical theatre, clowning and audience interaction, this is a delicate, funny, and touching exploration of how we cope with loss, on a human and on an environmental scale. It is the story of Heap Krusiak and Pebble Adverati, the greatest ice dancers of all time, who refuse to be defeated by a world that has run out of ice: instead they defiantly don their skates and perform their free dance, this time on a wooden floor, in theatres across the country.6.0: How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won was developed at the Battersea Arts Centre. It previewed at Latitude Festival as a Pick of the Pleasance, before premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2009 and will tour the UK in Autumn 2010.

‘Brilliant…intelligent and poignant’ Lyn Gardner, the Guardian

Running Time: 60 mins / Further information:

Tour dates

BAC, London
Thu-Sat, 9- 25 Sep

South Hill Park, Bracknell
Mon 13 Sep

Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury
Tue 14 & Wed 15 Sep

MAC, Birmingham
Wed 29 Sep

ARC, Stockton on Tess
Wed 6 Oct

Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
Thu 7 – Sat 9 Oct
olmen Centre, Cornwall
Fri 15 Oct

Prema Arts Centre, Gloucestershire
Sat 16 Oct

Theatre Royal York
Sat 23 Oct

Warwick Arts Centre
Tue 2 & Wed 3 November

Nightingale, Brighton
Thu 11 & Fri 12 Nov

WANTED: Bestival Green Team volunteers

Bestival are looking for dedicated and brilliantly green minded volunteers for the Bestival Green Team.

Bestival is keen to measure and reduce its impact on the environment, including its carbon footprint and the Green Team will be an invaluable part of making this happen.

If you are interested in getting involved, would like to know more, and are available from 8th-13th September to go to Bestival please fill in the application form using the link below:

Contact me via email – aylinmcnamara at to get your application reviewed immediately.

Please fill in the application form as soon as possible to secure your place.

Also if you know any other wonderful green thinking and enthusiastic people who would love to get involved please put them in touch.

Is Oya leading the green parade?

This from the BBC: “From mountains of litter, to diesel-guzzling electric generators and fields transformed into temporary car parks.  many music festivals promote an environmentally friendly ethos but their carbon footprints often tell another story. This weekend, Norway’s award-winning Øya festival is showing how things can be done differently”. Have a look at the BBC’s report – and with hydro electric power driving the stages and site wide recycling including the sewage Oya is certainly doing its best to get cleaner and greener!

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