A Greener Festival Blog #9

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Ben Challis | 06 July 2009

Here are two lovely people we bumped into at Glastonbury, supporting Oxfam’s fab Here & Now campaign which is backed by pop stars like Jarvis Cocker, VV Brown, Fatboy Slim and The Kooks who have all been photographed sporting a bold new look – blue faces – as Oxfam campaigns over the next few months for a fairer climate deal. A video of the blue faced celebrities is available on the Observer website here and loads of people picked up a facial makeover at Glasters, giving the fields a lovely blue tinge.

But not everyone at Glastonbury was blue, in fact the boys in blue were distinctly green as the mighty Glastonbury Green Police spent the weekend making a heck of a noise too, persuading everyone not to pee in the hedges and streams and asking people to pick up litter and ‘leave no trace’.

We are in the middle of auditing festivals for this year's Greener Festival Award scheme - Firegathering, the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Sunrise are all done, Greg was at Bonnaroo in the USA, Luke and Cass went to the Isle of Wight, we had a big team at Glastonbury, Iain is off to T In The Park next week, Penny was at Wireless yesterday, Amie has already done five fab Australian Festivals including Peats Ridge and Bluesfest and Claire is in Italy at the Sunsplash this weekend. All of our Festival organisers seems to be making a real real effort to get greener and cleaner - if you see any good green idea that impress you - please do let us know - you can email us at agreenerfestival@aol.com - put 'green' in the subject box. And if you have been to a festival this year and want to donate to Festival Wood - our new environmental project - go to the www.agreenerfestival.com homepage for more details on how to donate £3 or £5 using your mobile - and plant a tree or two!

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