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WELCOME TO THE MAY Vision: 2025 News Bulletin

In this month's edition:

  • Using space technology to convert pee into a delicious cup of tea - In our Green Leaders Q&A with DGTL Festival's Mitchell van Dooijeweerd.
  • Co-author of Clean Scene's 'Last Night A DJ Took A Flight' report talks dance music and travel impacts.
  • EarthPercent launch ambitious funding plan for music industry climate action.
  • Event Production Show 'Sustainability Matters' panel update.
  • Final #WeMakeTheFuture series webinar 'Speak Up & Out to Lead Change' with Frances Fox (Climate Live) available for playback.
  • Links to essential sustainability news, podcasts and inspiring film!

GREEN LEADERS Q&A #13 - Mitchell van Dooijeweerd: Sustainability Coordinator at DGTL Festival & Revolution Foundation

"We are learning from astronauts to use resources efficiently, so we are using space technology to convert pee into a delicious cup of tea. Who dares to taste it?!"

In this month's Green Leaders Q&A we welcome Mitchell van Dooijeweerd, Sustainability Coordinator at the globally renowned DGTL Festival (Netherlands) and their Revolution Foundation, who talks about their pioneering circular approach to festivals as well as the challenges and successes of his work. Read the rest of Mitchell's answers HERE.

In April, youth climate justice activist and Founder of Climate Live, Frances Fox, took the Q&A. Read her answers HERE. 

Guest Blog: Eilidh McLaughlin, co-founder of Clean Scene TALKS DANCE MUSIC AND TRAVEL

Eilidh Mclaughlin is co-founder of Clean Scene, a climate action collective exploring alternative futures for the dance music community, and is founder of Creative-Sustainability.

In April 2021, Clean Scene produced Last Night a DJ took a Flight, a report which explores the carbon footprint of touring DJs and looks at alternatives for changing this model. In this guest blog Eilidh looks at what the report revealed and the areas Clean Scene identified as overarching themes for consideration in the move towards cleaner, greener, and more equitable future for dance music. Read Eilidh's blog HERE. 

'WE MAKE THE FUTURE' WEBINAR RECORDINGS LIVE: #3 - Speak Up and Speak Out to Lead Change

Catch up on the final edition of the #WeMakeTheFuture webinar series: Speak Up & Speak Out to Lead Change with Chiara Badiali from Julie's Bicycle hosting Chris Johnson, Co-Founder of Shambala Festival and Chair of Vision: 2025, in conversation with Frances Fox, climate justice activist with Fridays for Future and XR Youth, and Founder of Climate Live, speaking about why it’s more important than ever to make ourselves heard. Watch the webinar HERE.

Supplier Case Study: Efficient transport with CONTINEST MODULAR BUILDINGS

Cube Modular’s eco-friendly Continest modular buildings were recently used at Bovington Studios, near London, during the filming of a new Netflix comedy series.

Due to the containers’ patented design, ten units can be transported on a single truck, offering huge savings on road haulage costs and impressive reductions in carbon emissions - up to an 80% cut in logistical and storage costs, and a similar reduction in CO2 and GHG emissions. The units are also developed for quick and easy set up. Read the case study HERE

EVENT: The Event Production Show: Sustainability Matters

Vision: 2025 will be driving the event sustainability message: “Build Back Greener” at The Event Production Show, 26th-27th May.

The Event Production Show, hosted at Farnborough International, will be the first event trade show to return from lockdown restrictions. Paul Reed, CEO Association of Independent Festivals, will host the 'Sustainability Matters' session, featuring Chris Johnson, Vision:2025 and Shambala Festival, Chiara Badiali of Julie’s Bicycle and Claire O’Neill from A Greener Festival. Find out more about the panel and register for your free place HERE. 


EarthPercent launched last month, formed by Brian Eno in partnership with leading music industry environmental organisations; Music Declares Emergency, Julie’s Bicycle, and A Greener Festival, with the mission to raise money from the music industry to fund credible and impactful climate actions and environmental causes that deliver transformative change. Founding donors include Merck Mercuriadis, Fraser T Smith, Coldplay, and more.

This soft launch was timed to coincide with Music Declares Emergency's 'Turn Up The Volume' week of Music Industry Action with a full launch planned later this year. Find out more about how to get involved HERE.  


More news from across the Live Events Industry, including jobs, blogs, reports and what the Vision: 2025 team have been watching, listening to, and reading this month:

Julie's Bicycle is recruiting for a new Arts Council England Programme Lead. This exciting role combines strategy, management and delivery. Application deadline: 19th May. Find out more about the programme and role HERE.

Fantastic Funghi - a mind blowing window into the world of fungi and their critical role in earth's life cycles and human well-being potential. Watch the film HERE.

Meegan Jones, Sustainability Advisor for The Ocean Race, talks plastics at events and how the return to in-person events can be a purposeful recovery, on the IMEX Group Podcast HERE 

IMPALA's #20MinutesWith podcast episode with Alison Tickell, founder of Julie's Bicycle & Horst Weidenmueller, chair of IMPALA's sustainability task force and CEO of !K7 Music talking to host Juliana Koranteng about IMPALA's Sustainability Programme HERE.

Live Nation Creates Green Touring Programme for Artists - in IQ Magazine HERE

Season for Ex-Change has returned with an 8-week online programme of talks, events and workshops every Thursday - about artists, activism and the arts sector’s role in the climate movement HERE. 

How rock’n’roll found a new purpose by rallying around the climate crisis in The Independent HERE.

AEG Presents forms climate positive touring team in Access All Areas Magazine HERE.

'Time to shake things up’: music industry confronts climate crisis as gigs resume - in The Guardian HERE

Paradigm director and agent Tom Schroeder outlines why the live music business must buy into the sustainability agenda in IQ Magazine HERE. 

photo: by Marcus Spiske @ Pexels

POWERFUL THINKING BLOG: Sustainable Touring, Myth or Reality?

Tim Benson takes on tour emissions in his latest Powerful Thinking Blog: with carbon emission from tour travel hitting the headlines as the industry gears up to restart, Tim points out that emissions from power provision are still a crucial factor to address in order to move towards goals for net zero productions.

Tim warns against reliance on a straight switch to alternative fuels alone and urges Production Managers to embrace efficiencies through broader energy management plans that incorporate better advancing and scheduling, wider use of mains supplies and on-site renewables, battery deployment and crucially, a behavioural step change. Read the blog HERE