Electric Picnic has big ambitions to be a “green” festival. Along with the recycling initiatives outlined in the previous post, a large area is allocated for “Global Green”, a village of sorts showcasing “alternative” businesses e.g. Cloughjordan eco-village, and “eco” arts and crafts. The festival is also awash with “farmers markets”, vaguely alternative (and delicious) food vendors (e.g. http://www.natashaslivingfood.ie/), and sustainability-related discussions taking place in the “Minefield” area.
The glaring irony is that a festival like this is probably one of the most unsustainable things we can do! As the Irish Times reported, Electric Picnic 2015 used 13 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 39,000 people for a year (http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/stage/51-000-people-one-field-electric-picnic-in-numbers-1.2342350). If the festival could be powered entirely by renewable energy, then we might be getting somewhere…
With all this at the back of our minds, here are some pictures of the Global Green area, and the interesting businesses, artwork and workshops to be found there:
First things first, a map of the Global Green eco-village
Friends of the Earth used this interactive “Yellow Brick Road” to raise awareness of climate change
Some nifty onsite artwork made from “recycled” materials
Some of the activites taking place in Global green (left to right): painting stones at Cloughjordan community farm, make your own headband and welly upcycling
Finally, a few of organisations encamped in Global Green: Riot Rye Bakehouse, Dublin Cycling Campaign and Cloughjordan Community Farm