|Green Festivals – How Rocking the Daisies plays hard while treading lightly
If we have any hope of holding onto the natural beauty of our world, it is important that each and every person makes an effort to do their part towards a greater green initiative. South African music and lifestyle festival, Rocking the Daisies, are doing their part and leading from the front.
Besides providing activities that aim to wake the eco-warrior inside all of us, the festival undergoes a full, comprehensive eco audit each year, undertaken by Steadfast Greening, an independent organisation. Here are some of the major green goals that were implemented in 2015 in an attempt to reduce the festival’s carbon-footprint.
Solar Power Utilised
One of the festival’s stages, aptly named The Hemp Stage, as well as the expanded Green Village area ran off solar power. The festival aimed to make use of 12 solar panels of 345 watts each. This provided a total of 4.14 kilowatt peak that was stored in 12 x100Ah/12volt batteries.
Environmentally-conscious vendors occupied The Green Village area, engaging with festival attendees about environmental and community action. A number of easy and accessible green initiative strategies were also promoted.
In a push to reduce their carbon-footprint, all the generators, except those on the main stages, ran off a ‘green’ bio-diesel mix. Bio-diesel is much more environmentally friendly compared to regular diesel, producing 75% less exhaust smoke emissions and 80% less carbon dioxide emissions.
The Greenpop “Trees for tickets/trees for prizes” campaign
Rocking the Daisies and Greenpop, one of their sponsors, encouraged the planting of trees by giving away free tickets to anyone who planted 8 trees.
Why stop at 8 though? Fantastic prizes were provided to the 10 people who planted the most trees in total. Everything from backstage passes to one-night hotel stays were on the line, fuelling everyone to do their part.
Green brigade & Trashback Campaign
A clean up team, called the Green Brigade, led by employees of the Hotel Verde, swept through the campsite each morning. As volunteers joined in, a procession was created, encouraging campers to clean up their waste.
The innovative Trashback Campaign was simple, hand in trash and get beer in return. To sweeten the deal even more, grand prizes were offered to the person or team that brought in the most litter each day.
Cigarette stompies are one of the main trash issues at outdoor festivals, which is why they were chosen as the litter item of choice. By the third day, over 475 beers had been happily exchanged for about 39 900 stompies, proving the massive success of the campaign.
Eco-friendly Transport Options
In a push towards reducing carbon-footprint, a number of eco-friendly transport options were offered.
“Walking the Daisies” is a two-day hike that starts in Cape Town and ends at the festival in Darling. This has become a widely acclaimed event that aims to create and promote positive environmental action and awareness.
“Cycling the Daisies”, a one-day cycling trip that ends at the festival is a new initiative that was developed off the back of the ever popular Walking the Daisies.
“Bussing the Daisies” offers busses to and from Cape Town, aiming to lower the number of cars making the journey to Darling.
Car-pooling incentives were also provided, presenting 2 000 priority parking bays for cars with 4 or more people inside.
Taking the Green Initiative Step
One thing is clear, we are all called to do our part to preserve the climate – we cannot achieve this alone.
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