SUSTAINABILITY IS A FUNDAMENTAL VALUE IN OWN SPIRIT FESTIVAL. WE BELIEVE THAT INTEGRATION WITH NATURE IS INDISPENSABLE TO FULFILL THE CATHARTIC AND CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE THAT THE FESTIVAL PROPOSES. THAT IS WHY we are COMMITTED TO RESPECT AND CARe FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN ALL PHASES OF THE FESTIVAL.
ACT TO TRANSFORM
Our commitment to sustainability and environmental care
From Own Spirit Festival we are fully aware of the possible impact of the event on the environment. That is why we adopt and adapt our actions to be able to repeat the experience for many years and in a sustained and sustainable way over time. We not only want to be an engine of change on our own project, but our mission is to be an example of a sustainable event that inspires other projects to replicate this experience.
Our policy in relation to the environment is to leave no trace, and is based on the reduction of the ecological footprint. In the 2018 edition we carried out a sustainable action plan calculating all the carbon emissions generated: the result was 6.48 t of CO2.
In order to reduce and even compensate for these emissions, four types of actions are carried out:
– Sustainable use of resources
– Sustainable waste management
– Environmental awareness and responsibility
– Plantation of enough native trees to compensate for the CO2
AT previous editions, a serie of measures have been carried out in this regard, which we summarize below:
More specifically, in this latest edition of 2019 it is worth mentioning, in addition to what had been done in previous editions, the following points:
The new challenges for the Own Spirit Festival 2020 edition are:
THE HOLISTIC LOOK OF SUSTAINABILITY
Caring for people and social responsibility with the environment
Taking a step further, we want to include caring for people as an indispensable part of the concept of sustainability: hence the raison d’être of the festival, a place where we can take care of ourselves and of eachother as a tribe, through dancing, workshops and activities, spaces for families and being in touch with nature.
From the festival we offer services oriented precisely to make people feel taken care of. We also take into account the special needs that anyone who wants to come to enjoy the event may have, we are open to listen to their needs.
In addition, we are aware that part of taking care of the environment, is taking care of our relationship with neighboring populations. Maintain a fluid communication and reverse in the local economy, are part of our commitment.
SENSITIZE TO EXPAND
Sustainability is everyone's business
The educational dimension regarding how we have to take care of the environment and people, is another element that we consider important and which should have an answer from the organization. We commit to involve all festival participants: public, organization, workers, artists and volunteers.
It is through publications on the Social Networks and the web before the event, and with posters, activities, workshops and trainings during the event that we send messages on how to act responsibly to become a sustainable festival. Our intention is that whoever participates in Own Spirit Festival returns home more aware of the impact we have on the environment and on the planet.
We understand that sustainability is achieved from the awareness regarding consumption, respect for nature and relationships from cooperation and care. Every day we grow more in this sense and both the public and the organization are crucial to becoming a sustainable festival
OWN SPIRIT LAND: A SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING PROJECT
The Own Spirit Land project has as its vision and mission a long-term purpose that goes beyond the duration of the festival.
Own Spirit Land is an old abandoned farmland, so it has suffered the negative consequences of intensive agriculture, such as land degradation. At present it is a deforested land surrounded by an exceptional natural environment that needs to be nurtured, cared for and improved from a good planning and sustainable landscaping.
Nature shows us the way to continue improving and generating new synergies that allow us to build our home. The same environment offers us the materials to build, little by little, the basic necessaries structures to organize different initiatives, providing the opportunity to apply different methods of bio-construction and permaculture.
We are committed to the need of respecting and caring for the privileged environment in which, since 2018, Own Spirit Festival takes place. For this we prepare a landscape and sustainability plan.
One of our aims for this year 2020 is to apply different techniques of bioconstruction and permaculture for the supply of dry toilets throughout the festival, and the improvement of the composting system from organic waste.
We also seek to build through creativity added to these techniques, land-art and gardens, shaping areas of rest, recreation and social exchanges. Specifically, 30 olive trees will be planted strategically to obtain mid-term shadows in the priority areas and and also the creation of green areas and organic gardens in several spaces will be promoted.
With this formula we want to promote our landscaping and sustainability plan and we would love to enlarge our Landmark Own Spirit family. Therefore, we offer our physical space to projects related to sustainable landscaping, permaculture and bioconstruction, for those who are interested in contributing to our project, or looking for a space to develop their own.
You can contact us and send your questions or proposals to: [email protected]
In the last two editions, 2018 and 2019, the Own Spirit organization has received recognition for its continuous efforts to improve and care for the environment and for sustainability with the international award A Greener Festival.