These days we have been dedicating time and effort, amongst other things, to projects that are important and essential to us, whilst they often get lost and postponed due to our daily workload.
One of these projects has been to complete our sustainability guide, a document that sums up the actions we implement in the organization of events as well as goals we hope to achieve with help of a collective effort throughout the process.
The current situation has lead us to a type of crossroad with many people asking themselves what role sustainability will play post-Covid, especially taking in consideration the huge efforts humanity is capable of in a situation of emergency and the positive – if temporary – effects of this break of industrial activity on the planet.
In the events sector there are also many questions whether sustainability will have a bigger role in the future or if the economic crisis brought on by the sanitary crisis will through us back years and strike sustainability off the budget for the time being. Even though there are many arguments in favor of sustainability as an investment instead of an expense, this will take time, education and economic reasoning to sink in.
However, instead of getting into a hypothetical debate about post-covid sustainability trends, our aim today is to promote and be part of a movement and a platform where sustainability is no longer questioned, and plays an inherent and essential part in the development and planning of events. Sustainability not as a choice, but as a basic necessity that forms part of the DNA, conception and design of events. Only in this way can are sector create and add real value to what we are doing.
In this spirit, and coinciding with the #Earthday’s 50th anniversary, we would like to share our sustainability guide with you. It’s a first step and we are looking forward to help make it grow with the celebration of more sustainable events, in all senses. There’s a long way ahead of us, but if we share ideas and work collectively not only with the different parties involved in a single event, but also with other events and organizers to exchange solutions, we will be able to substantially mediate our environmental impact as well as start working on circular and positive impact events.
In a recent online discussion: “Music Fest Meeting – Aspecto Medioambiental”, an important point was made that it’s not about competing to see who is most sustainable, it’s about sharing initiatives, copying them, trying them out and working together towards a common goal. By joining the dots and creating networks, we will be much more capable of making those big changes. Here is also a link of 25 videos with tips and examples for sustainable
By Laura Clark