Canadians love a good summer festival. And they're great—combining the health benefits of time outdoors and the reduced carbon footprint of a staycation! From folk fests to nights filled with fireworks, crowds flock to local parks, beaches, and farmers' fields.
Many events are going "green" (like Edmonton's annual Folk Fest) but that doesn't leave us concert and festival goers off the hook. Enjoy all that your summer city festivals have to offer without adding waste or destroying precious local green spaces.
Summer festival dos and don'ts
Leave the car at home. Walk or take advantage of public transit, shuttles, and bike valets to avoid hassle and parking costs, and lower your carbon footprint.
Tuck a reusable water bottle, coffee mug, and cloth napkin into your handy cloth bag or backpack to reduce waste.
Support food and drink vendors who offer reusable or compostable plates and cutlery, not unsustainable Styrofoam containers. Some festivals offer plate and cup rentals for the day (or bring your own)!
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Obey the "Keep off grass" and "Stay on designated paths" signs to help sensitive grassy areas recover once the crowds go home.
Volunteer—many of your favourite annual events wouldn't happen without them—and enjoy the added perks!
Don't smoke. Did you know that all 224 of Vancouver's parks and beaches are smoke-free? It never fails that every shoreline cleanup lists cigarette butts as the number one litter item. Help a sea turtle, bird, or dolphin break the bad habit of swallowing these toxic morsels and butt out.
Don't walk past a piece of litter. You might automatically use on-site waste, recycling and compost bins, but others might not be so enlightened. Pick it up.
What's "green" about your favourite local festival?
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Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green