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until Roskilde Festival 2014 - 29 June to 6 July

Joint effort for the climate

During Roskilde Festival 2009, the audience took more than 40,000 Green Footsteps. That is 40,000 actions that have cut down on the energy consumption and thereby CO2 emission.

More than 17,000 people signed a petition saying that Denmark and other rich countries should help third world countries handling the climate changes. On Orange Stage, Danish minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard received the result of the campaign – with a request of negotiating a fair climate deal at COP15 in December.

Roskilde Festival's audience are behind the biggest donation ever to a humanitarian project with a climate focus. The audience could donate DKK 175 (approx. € 23) when buying their festival ticket. 1580 people have done so, thereby donating DKK 276,500 (approx. € 37,000). On top of this audience donation, Roskilde Festival donated DKK 2 million (approx. € 306,000).

The total contribution went to relief agency DanChurchAid's project in Malawi that is severely stricken by the climate changes. They can now establish a sustainable water plant for poor farmers, so that irrigation is secured in an area that is often stricken by drought.

Roskilde Festival has worked seriously on making the festival greener since 1994. It has entailed more and more organic food, 56 % uses public transportation to the festival, an effective refund system and increased garbage recycling and focus on less power consumption.

In 2009 there was more focus on the effort. Internally, all volunteer groups focused on a number of climate efforts, and the food stalls offered more climate-friendly vegetarian dishes. Electric cars, electric scooters and even an electric truck formed part of the transportation at the site, and a giant effort in garbage collection gave great results in an increased part of recycled garbage.

One of the major initiatives in 2009 was that all power came from windmills.

The Odeon stage and the surrounding area were an exploratorium for a number of environment-friendly efforts. The area only contained stalls that were 100 % organic or fair trade.

Changes were also presented on-stage. 90 % of the lighting equipment was changed to low-energy LED equipment which consumes about 40 % less power compared to normal equipment. The 'power correctness' also spread to other stages –  inspired by the plans for Odeon, Orange Stage changed 108 ”moving heads” to LED.

Bicycles, dance floor, windmills, fuel cells and solar cells were used to create power to Climate Community – the sustainable 'hood of the festival camping area. The inhabitants of the area had qualified for the desirable spot by taking climate-friendly Green Footsteps prior to the festival. The centre of the area presented lots of climate-related activities where the audience could experience the latest technologies, enter into discussions, learn about the latest facts and join in on humourous and fun activities about the climate changes.

The campaign was successful thanks to the hard-working volunteers and to our climate partners.

 

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There were lots of activities at Climate Community – the sustainable neighbourhood at the festival camping area - photo: Marie Joensen
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