It's about to be clean – does this slogan ring a bell? Pol'and'Rock Festival goes eco once again! The GOCC Foundation is proud of festivalgoers for their cooperation to keep the most favourite piece of land clean. Here are some of the eco-friendly solutions prepared by the Foundation this year.
Firstly: It's about to be clean
The Eco Initiative - 'It’s about to be clean' campaign was launched in 2018. It is thanks to the support of the festivalgoers that the GOCC Foundation is able to raise funds for the purchase of bin bags. Peace Patrol volunteers distribute them among the participants to facilitate cleaning up. When the bags are packed, the festivalgoer can put them in one of the 51 containers! In this way, the Czaplinek-Broczyno Airfield will be left unaltered.
Eco Initiative at the 28th Pol'and'Rock Festival. Photo: Lucyna Lewandowska
Second: green shopping centre
There are no plastic bags available at the festival shopping centre. None of the exhibitors has them at their stands. What's more, at the festival SiemaShop stand, make-up bags are made from old festival banners. That's an eco initiative Pol'and'Rock Festival can get 100% behind!
Third: our partners are also eco
One can buy a drink in an RPET mug made from 100% recycled materials in the Lech zones. These cups are also recyclable. Moreover, the cans and plastic wrappings for Lech's multi-packs are also recycled. And if festivalgoers want to clean up, Lech has prepared 30,000 bin bags to help.
Festival-goers with a reusable cups from LECH
Play, in turn, in keeping with the festival tradition, has prepared a huge charging station where one can plug in a phone and relax for a while in the shade. Two zones will – in the eco-friendly spirit – be powered by solar and wind energy!
Fourth: Water at the Festival
First and foremost, festivalgoers are encouraged to save water at the Festival. It's important for the planet. There are two points on the field: Bravo and Charlie sanitary zones with potable water, where festivalgoers can fill up their bottles. This way they do not have to buy bottled water, which will reduce the amount of rubbish produced.
Fifth: eco AFA
The GOCC Foundation wants to be a change for the better, to build a responsible and aware civil society with festivalgoers. That is why every year there are numerous guests, NGOs, foundations, and associations invited to the event. They will address significant topics during the debates, simulations, or workshops. One of the issues that periodically appear at the Academy of the Finest of Arts is ecology and healthy lifestyles. This year, there will be six organisations that promote ecological activities:
- The International Movement for Animals – Viva! — a non-governmental organisation that fights to improve the life of animals in Poland.
- Greenpeace Poland is an international non-governmental organisation that works in over 55 countries to protect the environment.
- Anonymous for the Voiceless – a pro-animal organisation that focuses its work on raising awareness of what industrial farming is.
- Open Cages Association – their activities focus on the protection of animals confined in farms.
- The Mam Pomysł Foundation runs the Shelter for Homeless Animals in Świdnica and educates the local community.
- The Polish Society for the Protection of Animals OTOZ Animals Warsaw is one of Poland's oldest non-governmental organisations protecting animal rights. Among other things, it runs 10 shelters for homeless animals.
Anonymous for the Voiceless, Photo: Stanisław Wadas
At the AFA the Pol'and'Rock Festival audience can also take part in eco workshops:
- Right to clean air and environment in the court docket – Defender Iuris Bar Association
- Lions, tigers, bears and other victims of war – Peace & Love for animals – Ewa Zgrabczyńska, Director of Poznan Zoo
- Food of the future – on the skill set of an environmental journalist – Patryk Motyka (Onet) and Stanislaw Łobodziak