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Through shared knowledge, we prepare ourselves for the future. Raising awareness about the importance of ecological sustainability through education and public campaigns is an important segment that will guide us toward the future. The Greentopia Climate meeting during Way Out West 2023 on 10-11 August, a climate conference for the industry, is one way of sharing knowledge and raising awareness concerning ecological issues. It explores how festivals and events can accelerate the climate transition. The climate conference is being organized for the second consecutive year during Way Out West, featuring world-leading researchers, artists, influencers, activists, and innovators on stage.

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Transportation is a central aspect of events. People, materials, and goods need to be transported over short and long distances. However, transport is not without its problems. It contributes to issues like eutrophication and acidification, utilizes significant amounts of fossil energy, leading to substantial carbon dioxide emissions that amplify the greenhouse effect. Furthermore, it generates noise and pollution, compromising the air we breathe and our health.

Events need to improve their methods of travel and transportation to become more environmentally efficient and sustainable.

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Food and beverages contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, they have adverse effects on the environment through factors like eutrophication, the use of chemical pesticides, overfishing, and the depletion of soil and biological diversity.

Mitigating these negative impacts is not a complex task. It involves selecting food and beverages that have the least possible impact on the environment. At events, this can be achieved by serving predominantly plant-based food, favoring locally produced items, reducing the sale of bottled water, avoiding excessive servings, and implementing proper sorting and recycling of packaging.


Textiles have a significant environmental impact that often remains concealed in the final products. This impact stems from high energy consumption, chemical usage, and extensive water consumption during the production of textile goods. Additionally, textile production leads to emissions in the air, soil, and water.

The most effective way to reduce the environmental impact of textile consumption is to prolong the lifespan of already manufactured products, thereby minimizing the need for new production.

Within events, this can be accomplished by reusing volunteer clothing, backdrops, flags, etc., and ensuring that purchased textile products are produced with minimal environmental impact. Furthermore, if these products are discarded, they should be repurposed through methods like upcycling.

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