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GALA 2021

Environment

We only have one planet and one Peckham Rye park.

This is why GALA festival is dedicated to ensuring we leave as little impact on the natural environment as possible. This year we are taking a vital step by measuring our impact, in order to understand it and reduce it – this includes our greenhouse gas emissions, water and waste.

The science is clear.

It’s warming, it’s us, we’re sure, and it’s bad. But we can fix it. GALA festival will play its part in the global fight against climate change. We have signed up to the Vision2025 pledge to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in line with science-based targets.

After measuring our emissions from energy, waste and water use, we are going to offset them, making the festival carbon neutral. We recognise this is an interim solution and our primary goal is the 2025 reduction target.

The fact is that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the earth.”
Sir David Attenborough.

We’re proud to have no single use plastic used on site and last year we sent zero waste to landfill. We use the European Waste Hierarchy to manage our treatment processes and will continue to do so to meet our reduction target. Water use has a negligible impact on carbon emissions when compared to energy and waste.

However, there are other environmental impacts associates with water, such as biodiversity loss. We will be measuring our water use this year so we can implement initiatives in the following years to reduce it.

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