Building a more sustainable model
Faced with undeniable scientific evidence of man-made climate change, we must all do our best to find sustainable alternatives to our current ways. The international classical music industry relies heavily on air-travel, which currently is an unsustainable mode of transportation. New ways of doing business need to be found, ways that preserve the planet whilst creating music and supporting livelihoods.
Co-designing a green policy
In partnership with the University of Galway a working group comprised of various festival collaborators will be assembled. Collaborators can be audience members, migrants, performers, venue and transport managers, restaurants and caterers, to name a few. The working group will examine the festivals' current operations, pinpoint areas for improvement, and formulate a green policy, which will be implemented to minimise the events' carbon footprints. It is also envisioned that the impact on empathy towards the connected challenges of climate change and migration will be measured.
A central feature of this project is the co-design model, which encourages active participation from all involved parties, leading to sustainable solutions with a higher adoption rate. The co-design approach ensures all perspectives are considered, creating more holistic and effective policies.
Carbon emissions modelling
Accurate measurement of the Project's impact is crucial. This process will deliver precise estimates of the carbon reduction of the festivals, particularly focusing on travel, one of the highest generators of carbon emissions. This methodology ensures a more robust and accurate evaluation compared to standard online carbon calculators.
Behaviour change workshops
Further engagement and education will be encouraged via Behaviour Change Workshops at each festival, which will foster dialogue about sustainable living and empathetic change in behaviour. By involving a wide cross-section of stakeholders, these forums will broaden the conversation on sustainability, climate change and migration and produce data for a comprehensive evaluation report.
At the conclusion of the Project, a report will be compiled, encapsulating data from all four festivals and their respective experiences. This pooling of knowledge will promote continuous learning and improvement, ensuring that each festival can offer the best possible experience in the most sustainable manner. This initiative aims to lead by example, proving that sustainability, culture, and empathy can go hand-in-hand, delivering a transformative impact.