Glastonbury Festival goes green

Category: Science/Environment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. evoke / ɪˈvoʊk / (v.) – to make someone remember or feel something

    Her paintings evoke a lot of positive emotions.

  2. sustainability / səˌsteɪ nəˈbɪl ɪ ti / (n.) – the use of natural products and energy in a way that’s not harmful to the environment

    The company promotes sustainability by producing products made of recycled materials.

  3. respectful / rɪˈspɛkt fəl / (adj.) – showing a polite manner to someone or something

    Students should be respectful to teachers

  4. landfill / ˈlændˌfɪl / (n.) – a large area of land where waste materials are gathered

    Landfills should be located in areas far away from residents.

  5. renewable / rɪˈnu wə bəl / (adj.) – relating to types of energy that can be produced from natural sources

    The company produces renewable energy from water and distributes it to customers.


Read the text below.

Whilst for many Glastonbury may evoke images of iconic musical performances, fancy dresses, flags and mud, sustainability has long been at the heart of Glastonbury Festival and the 2023 edition is no different.

Green Communications Officer for the festival, Alexia Loundras, joked that whilst the most sustainable thing would be to not have a festival at all, but once they’ve got people here they do their best to leave as small a footprint as possible on the land.

“We ask people to come by public transport. We ask them to think about, you know, fill their cars if they can’t manage on public transport. We put on free shuttle buses from the local train station to make it easier for people to do that. And when they’re onsite, you know, we ask them to be respectful. We ask them not leave litter on the ground and to use our waste bins. And we hand-sort all our recycling onsite in our onsite recycling center, which means that we can avoid sending any waste to landfill. So we’re really proud of what we’ve managed here and our facilities. It’s really good.”

This year’s festival was also run entirely by renewable energy for the first time. All production areas were either run on solar-powered panels and battery hybrid systems or powered by electricity from ‘fossil fuel-free sources.’ In 2010, the festival’s cowsheds were covered with enough solar panels to power 40 homes, making it the largest privately owned solar power station in the U.K. at the time.

“Our green fields have always run on solar and wind power since their inception in the 1980s,” Loundras explained, “and it’s been that fossil-free as standard we’ve been trying to implement across the site since then, and it’s been baby steps. But this year we’re really pleased that all of Glastonbury Festival power needs can be met through renewable fuels and renewable energy.”

Ultimately, Loundras wanted festivalgoers to leave the experience with increased knowledge and passion for change.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • Sustainability has long been at the heart of the Glastonbury Festival. Are there festivals in your country similar to this in terms of promoting sustainability? In what way do you think people can support festivals that do this? Discuss.
  • During this year’s Glastonbury Festival, organizers encouraged festivalgoers to use public transport, provided free shuttle buses, had an onsite recycling center, and used renewable energy entirely. Which of these actions do you like the most? Why? What more do you think organizers can do in the future? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • Do you think your country is doing enough to inspire people to make sustainable and environment-friendly changes? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • What events in your country do you think should implement sustainable and environment-friendly changes (ex. concerts, sports events)? Why? Discuss.