A music and arts festival centered around climate change and environmental issues left a field covered in trash and refuse this summer, and the pictures make it look like a disaster zone.
The Glastonbury Festival, a five-day British music celebration that hosts a whirlwind of acts and talents from names known around the world to local musicians, took a different approach this year when it came to its theme.
The festival, which took place in June, made it a point to embrace an environmentally friendly face.
Radical environmental group Greenpeace was present, as were other names tied to the conservation and climate change movements. Even famous naturalist David Attenborough made an appearance.
According to the New York Post, Attenborough cheered the festival’s organizers for prohibiting the sale of single-use plastic bottles.
“That is more than a million bottles of water that have not been drunk by you,” he said to a crowd. “Thank you.”
Although some festival-goers may have pretended they were all about the reducing, reusing and recycling while the party was going, when the music stopped, a look at the aftermath proved that the concern for the environment was only skin deep for many.
Seeing the state the grounds were left, you would be forgiven for thinking a tornado hit a nearby junkyard and scattered its contents to the winds.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t a force of nature, but the carelessness of man. Bottles, wrappers, foil and other non-biodegradable junk were left to sit in the field by Glastonbury attendees.
While some people may have a tough time finding common ground with climate change nuts, littering is almost universally despised regardless of political affiliation.
Although some kind and thoughtful volunteers stayed to clean up the waste and refuse left by careless others, the amount of trash left on the festival grounds was mind-boggling.
Despite the ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles, there appeared to be several that made their way to the festival, eventually to be discarded on the grounds, as seen in video of the aftermath.
Photos that were taken during the festival also show that trash cans were both common and easily accessible.
There’s no excuse for the state in which this field was left by attendees.
If these littering festival-goers are the ones who plan to save the Earth, piles of granola bar wrappers and plastic kombucha bottles may be the least of our concern.
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