Green Wave, Brighton’s new eco festival, attracted over 2,000 people to Preston Park on Saturday 5 July, to browse amongst the stalls promoting all things green from home energy saving ideas and sustainable transport initiatives to handmade furniture using recycled wood, and garden accessories made from used soft drink cans.
Magpie , the local recycling cooperative, not only recycled all the waste from the event, but also provided entertainment in the form of workshops for children, and a trail of “carbon footprints” to follow, illustrating what happens to your waste after you have dropped it in the recycle bin.
Transition Brighton and Hove, formed by a group of volunteers had a strong presence at the festival, promoting its aims to start a city-wide community response to the challenges of climate change and 'peak oil' (defined as the point where maximum global oil production is reached).
The solar powered music stage, which entertained the crowds throughout the day, was constructed by Firefly Solar – a local Community Interest Company, set up to help the events sector reduce its carbon footprint. Firefly is a carbon neutral company operating all of its own transport using UK produced Bio fuels made from recycled cooking oil.
The Green Wave festival was a 2-day event but attendance was adversely affected by heavy rain on Sunday 6 July. A small entry fee was charged to help finance the event in its first year, but organisers are already planning to seek further sponsorship for next year to enable it to become a free event.
Green Wave promoted products and services from over 100 organisations including schools, colleges, and charities, and was organised by the Brighton and Hove Business Forum and New Era Associates, and supported by Brighton and Hove City Council.
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