The annual Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is encouraging concertgoers to leave their cars at home. A full third of people attending the three day celebration (akin to Woodstock, but in the English countryside) will commute by public transport (including via coach and rail) and Festival organizers are encouraging all who attend to car-share, if they must commute by vehicle. “The aim is to reduce the number of cars which come to the festival,” organizers say.
“Liftshare” programs have been successful in diminishing car travel to the Festival by as many as 15,000 car journeys a year. This helps to prevent traffic jams, takes pressure off of local roads (and residents), and significantly reduces emissions created by this uber-green fest. The Festival links to Liftshare an online site that links drivers and riders. Organizers are also concerned about pedestrian safety, as traffic at previous celebrations has caused harm to music-loving hippies who were happily ambling on the grounds.
The Festival is supporting a handful of other great, green initiatives in collaboration with green goliaths Oxfam and Greenpeace.
Photos courtesy of the Glastonbury Festival.
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