Music festivals…They’re big spectacles. You’ll hear them from a mile away, The images of sweaty ravers gnashing their teeth and sucking on pacifiers at an electronic music festival will burn in your memory forever. Chances are you never got to see The Beatles play but you know it must’ve been the greatest experience for anyone. Music unites people, they’ve happened, and they will continue to happen. Something a bit more permanent though, is the carbon footprint that these festivals leave behind.

Glastonbury Music Festival 2011

Glastonbury Music Festival 2011

These pictures are from the Glastonbury Festival campsite, though American festivals are just as bad. The utter amount of filfth that gets left behind is nothing short of astounding. A walk across the grounds from one stage to another in the peak of the night will be decorated by layers upon layers of trash. The festival goer struggles mightily not to slip on a half empty water bottle. Festival attendants tend to have this assumption that they can just throw their trash anywhere and someone will pick it up for them. This is a common occurrence, and is probably happening as you read these words. Not all festival have on site clean-up crews. Even if they did, a ticket does not give someone the right to litter.

Festival attendees should pick up after themselves, by placing their trash into the proper waste deposit.Failing to do so is an awful thing to do, it’s bad for the environment, and for nature. Every time a festival happens, a trash fairy gets it’s wings and grants bacterium it’s one and only wish. Every time a trashy festival layers of filth are found at the bottom of the ocean and trashed recyclables means more resources to consume which means more carbon in the atmosphere.

Festivity’s, fun, creation, celebrating art. These are all encouraged acts, do your part at these fests by being responsible and educating the people around you to respect their environments and most important, respect themselves.
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