tirsdag 03.07.12

Camp of the Day: Tennis players serve the environment

Camp Roskilde Open is much more than tennis and hangovers.
Tuesday’s Camp of the Day features a solar-powered garbage lottery disco and a quiz that aims to up the environmental consciousness of festival-goers.

The lines of the tennis court are painted orange: This camp is built on true Roskilde spirit and orange feeling.

Several years ago these guys discovered the positive effect a tennis game has on hangovers. After focusing on tennis for several years, Frederick Bjerager Christensen and the 17 other guys from the camp started thinking about the environment too: "We started wondering about the mess out here. We often left our camp looking like a dump site," he explains.

The boys have built a sound system powered by solar panels. This year they even biked the 45 miles from Copenhagen to the festival to reduce CO2 emissions. Wednesday is no-meat-day and the guys from the camp arrange a garbage lottery where people get a beer every time they hand in garbage bag. "We want to make people aware of how to reduce their waste", Frederick Bjerager Christensen claims.

There’s a forum on the camp website where people exchange ideas for energy-saving solutions for the festival. The guys take five to celebrate the Camp of the Day election, when a girl stops by: "You should play some tennis!”, a Björn Borg-clone with sweatbands shouts. Immediately another match is underway...

What is Camp of the Year?
Since 2006 Roskilde Festival has elected Camp of the Year. Every day during the festival week, the committee elects a Camp of the Day. Saturday 7 July the best of this year’s Camp of the Day winners is announced Camp of the Year. This year, 68 camps are participating in the contest. Nominate a camp – check out Camp of the Year’s Facebook-site!https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camp-of-the-Year-Roskilde-Festival/403822206298420

It's hard work serving the environment - photo: Kasper Løftgaard
 

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