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Edinburgh Festival to tackle climate change by asking visitors not to fly

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Edinburgh Pageant organisers have introduced they are going to be encouraging guests to not fly and to attend occasions on-line quite than in particular person.

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The brand new motion plan, drawn up in response to the local weather emergency, outlines proposals together with asking attendees to swap flights for extra eco types of transport and suggesting performers keep within the metropolis for longer.

Artists and performers travelling from Western Europe can even be inspired to go flight-free the place doable.

The organisers wish to create zero-carbon venues, lower down on paper and packaging, embody extra vegetarian and vegan eating choices and introduce a reusable cup scheme.

Themes of sustainability can even be extra broadly represented through the Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant, plus town’s Fringe, Hogmanay, storytelling, jazz, science, ebook, movie and visible artwork festivals.

“The work outlined right now builds on the competition’s long run dedication to minimising our environmental impression, as seen by way of the sooner creation of a inexperienced venue information and our position in founding Inventive Carbon Scotland, together with the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Scottish Modern Artwork Community,” mentioned Festivals Edinburgh chair Sorcha Carey.

“Our actions, at each a collective and particular person competition degree, are geared toward serving to Edinburgh obtain its aim of lowering carbon emissions to internet zero by 2030 and thus handle some of the necessary problems with our time.”

It comes forward of Glasgow internet hosting COP26 from the tip of this month.

Edinburgh Pageant’s motion plan reads: ”The worldwide response to local weather change means it’s important for festivals to evolve their present type of working.

“Public opinion and behavior can also be shifting rapidly, with younger individuals citing local weather change as an important concern of our time, 70 per cent of individuals in Scotland needing stronger motion on local weather, and environmental motion turning into more and more necessary to festivalgoers.

”If our festivals are to flourish in a net-zero carbon future, we have to discover progressive, sustainable methods of working and fulfilling the operate of festivals, offering time and area for individuals to trade concepts and have a good time our frequent humanity.”

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