Indian Dance Festival Goes Climate Neutral
”We, at Indian Dance Festival association, think that no one can do everything but everyone can do something. It is important to act now and act together towards climate neutral future. With our Indian Dance Festival this year we wanted to raise awareness of climate change and do our best to make the festival climate neutral. We want to encourage people to stay positive and do everything they can for the environment. Dancing can be a way to express natures suffering caused by climate change but it can also be a way to spread the joy of working together towards a greener world.”
-Indian Dance Festival Core Team
Indian dance festival on UN's Climate Neutral Now web page's event page
Last year we planted over 100 trees together with the City of Tampere. The trees were planted in Vuores, Tampere, and our opening ceremony of this years festival was related to that and also held at Vuores. Trees absorb CO2 reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and so benefit the climate.
In the festivals opening ceremony we brought up green values together with Danny’s Bollywood Dance Crew, Embassy of India to Finland and Estonia, City of Tampere and Myrskyvaroitus ry. There was a dance flash mob, speeches and trees were planted in Vuores, Tampere. We also performed a "Climate Dance" for our guests that day. The dance choreography was made by Daniel Paul, as well as the video of it (found below). We have been co-operating with UNFCCC to raise awareness of climate change and make the festival go climate neutral.
IDF GREEN TEAM
Last year IDF had a special team dedicated to making the festival climate neutral. We estimated our festival’s climate footprint, tried to reduce it and had a fundraise for buying offsets from the Climate Neutral Now offsets site. Our festival’s climate footprint is approximately 10 tonnes of CO2 caused mainly by flights and other travelling of participants and electricity used during the festival. Thanks to everyone who donated we bought offsets, 32 tonnes of CO2, to support green projects in India that reduce greenhouse gases. Here you can see the projects to which we gave our support:
Besides this, we have gotten a green electricity agreement for DBDC dance school and started to recycle more at the dance school. We got a vegetarian restaurant Gopal to sponsor the festival. We have a map on our website to support green ways of travelling. If you have questions or ideas about the work related to the climate, you can contact us by sending an e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.