The Climate Gig is the New Travel Tool Making Music More Sustainable
Vishnu R. Nair
New climate action tool The Climate Gig will be making its debut ahead of World Earth Day on Friday, April 22, in a massive step towards greener events and a more sustainable music scene.
The tool will enable artists, fans, and venues to enjoy live music travels in a more sustainable, carbon-efficient way. The solution devised by The Climate Gig to reduce the carbon footprint of travels to and from events encourages the effective use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and carbon offsets.
Fans can use the tool to calculate the carbon footprint of their festival sojourn based on their choice of transportation. Then they can choose from a mix of SAF and high-standards carbon offsets to lower the impact of their travel.
Several festivals already use the tool, including Amsterdam's DGTL, which aims to become the world's first circular, climate-neutral event.
In a press release DGTL Festival's Artist Handler Jelle Lobes said, "When we reached out to artists about this project, we found out most of them were already engaged in more sustainable travel. Agencies already implemented offset programs for their roster and really thought about their journeys. This showed we’re all on the same page and motivated us to join forces and take the next step forward."
Also partnered is grassroots organization, Bye Bye Plastic, led by Canadian DJ/producer BLOND:ISH. Bye Bye Plastic aims to wipe out single-use plastic in the music industry and has inspired thousands of DJs and event promoters to back the initiative.
Other leading climate activist organizations in music like SkyNRG, CHOOOSE, and Revolution Foundation also The Climate Gig, as well as festivals like Deer Jade, SHARE, and many more.
Together they hope to answer the key question, "How can we remove the carbon-heavy component of live events, without jeopardizing the key consequence: traveling to meet each other and experience music in the flesh?"