Beyond booking an awesome lineup, building stages and art installations that amaze and excite you, Strawberry Fields and festivals across Australia face a huge challenge: we need to maintain an outstanding environmental track record. Our aim is to actively improve waste management year on year.
Attending a music event doesn’t mean trashing the environment in which it operates. Much of the power to protect and conserve our beautiful venue is in the hands of the our audience. This land is surrounded largely by native Australian forest reserves and water catchment areas - together we must take full accountability for the preservation of these beautiful lands.
With that said, please say hello to our Green Initiatives for 2017.
MANDATORY CARBON OFFSET PASSES
Treecreds has been working with Strawberry Fields since 2012 to address the large component of our carbon emissions which come from audience travel to and from the festival site.
We are proud to announce some facts, figures and gratitude for some great results achieved at the 2016 event. A total of 1393 car-passes were purchased by entering vehicles. This amounted to the purchase and retirement of 348 carbon credits in the Tasmanian Forest Protection Project (equivalent to 348 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions). Based on Treecreds calculations from data collected live at the festival gate, this covered over 100% of punter transport emissions being offset. This is a wonderful achievement and something we are all extremely proud of. Congratulations and thank you.
For those who choose to travel to Strawberry by car in 2017, there is a car pass of $25 payable on entry. $10 of this car pass goes towards the carbon offset scheme run through Treecreds. The car pass is equivalent to 150kg of carbon dioxide emissions, and is intended to offset your car travel to and from the festival - this travel is one of the biggest driver of emissions from the event!
Proceeds will again be directed to the Tasmanian Native Forest Protection Projects which involves the protection of large tracts of privately owned land in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. The land is degraded native forest that has been logged in the past and – in the absence of carbon revenue – would continue to be either logged or cleared for agriculture in the future.
The remainder of the car pass funds go towards a drug & alcohol check for every vehicle, a set times program, and a donation to the Berrigan Shire Community Fund.
As an added initiative, for every patron who uses public transport to travel to the event and can show evidence of their ticket at the gate to TreeCreds staff, we will purchase an added Carbon Offset pass from TreeCreds in support for their green travel karma.
This year we are also promoting the Strawberry Shuttle Bus and other public transport options. Treecreds was founded in 2008 with a primary motivation of reaching out to a diverse audience about the importance of climate change issues and the inherent role preserving our forests plays in terms of mitigation. Its founders bring together a unique set of capabilities, networks and passion to facilitate sustainable events such as Strawberry Fields.
For more info visit the Treecreds website: http://www.treecreds.com/
This year we are proud to be transitioning to 100% clean green power - this means the sounds, lights, and sensory delights that you enjoy all weekend will be powered exclusively by Bio Diesel.
COUCH & FURNITURE DEPOSITS
Here's the gist of it - if you brought it to the festival, YOU MUST ALSO TAKE IT HOME.
After many years of trusting in people doing the right thing but still picking up abandoned couches and other furniture after the festival, we have been forced to introduce a $100 deposit for each couch or large furniture item brought to the festival. The $100 deposit will be payable at the gate for each couch or large item you bring. In return you will receive a laminated receipt token - return this token at the gate at the end of the event and show that you are leaving with your couch/furniture and you will receive a full refund.
THE GOLDEN PASS
What is the Golden Pass? KEEP IT GREEN, KEEP IT PRISTINE, AND WIN FREE TICKETS FOR 2018.
What better reward for being clean and green than FREE TICKETS! Our environment warriors will be wandering through the campsites all weekend in their Loot Ute, collecting full rubbish and recycling bags and keeping an eye out for the most pristine campsite of them all to be awarded The Golden Pass! On Sunday, ten lucky patrons who have kept their campsites green and pristine will be rewarded with a free ticket each to Strawberry Fields 2018.
THE CLEANUP SONG
The cleanup song is back! Joe Oppenheimer (Order of the Rubbish) will be continuing his sacred work alongside festival environmental management providers in the hopes of spreading the good word and igniting action and mind shifts in our siblings across the Earth.
Throughout the day and at the close of music each night, you will be able to ravish and revel in the glory that is the Clean Up song. A wonderous tale and moment of unity where we all pay our respects to the land which is graciously hosting us by making sure that not a single piece of trash is left at the end of the night and we can all return to a gloriously clean dancefloor in the morning.
Joe and his crew will chant (reduce, reuse, recycle; refuse renew repurpose), rap and gospel sing their way into the hearts and green third eyes of many, and praise HALLELUJAH to our fellow siblings carrying out the sacred work! We call in the great spirit of Recycling to bless dancefloor, campsite and public space clean up ceremonies and we hope to guide all Rubbish siblings towards a deep desire to leave no trace.
BIN YA BUTTS
Don’t drop ya butts on the ground, they are toxic to the environment and also a fire hazard, but them out and put them in a BIN YA BUTTS container. In the camp grounds green team will be handing out BIN YA BUTT tins for all punters convenience.
DUNK YA CANS
Throughout the site will be basket ball hoop style DUNK YA CANS over recycle bins. A fun way to make sure your recycling goes in the right bin.
THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY
Strawberry Fields is proud to have worked with The Wilderness Society since 2014. Each year volunteer members of the society assist with the post event cleanup, and for each volunteer Strawberry Fields donates the cost of a ticket to the Society. In 2016 we raised over $2,000 for this initiative and are proud to be continuing it into 2017.
LEAVE NO TRACE
We are ALL responsible for rubbish at Strawberry Fields. Buying a ticket doesn’t mean you are too immature to clean up after yourself. Rubbish bins and skips are distributed throughout the festival site for you to drop your rubbish into – just don’t let it hit the ground!
Practicing a “Leave No Trace” ethic is very simple: leave the place you visit the same or better than you found it; leave no trace of your having been there, so that others – both human and animal – can enjoy the land the rest of the year. Some easy ways to “Leave No Trace”:
- Plan and prepare ahead – pack rubbish & recycling bags, minimize the amount of packaging you bring
- Don’t let it hit the ground! Put your rubbish directly into the bins and skips distributed throughout the site.
- Crush down cans and boxes to make the best use of each rubbish bag filled
- Consider every other person on the dance floor and at the festival – nobody likes dancing on bits of rubbish!
- Use greener, more sustainable products such as biodegradable packaging, salvaged wood and materials for your camp structures, energy efficient lighting, and solar energy.