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Making sure our party-joy does not come at the expense of the Planet, EMA is working on programs to create awareness, education, and programs that offer solutions to our high impact industry. Become a member and contribute toward solutions & spreading awareness.
Our goal with EMA green initiatives is to create waves of change by providing eco-advice to members, creating campaigns to spread awareness, programs to offer sustainable solutions.
Since art is such an integral aspect of our culture, we thought we would share the following video so you have a perspective on what's happening on a global level from the choices we make with our time, energy, and choices. This video is a series of water color slides coupled with the haiku, both from the scientist, Dr. Gregory Johnson.
This slideshow basically tells explains the macro level of climate change and how it works and why we should care.
This video "The Story of Broke" explains more on a national level what we can do solution wise to combat climate change from a financial perspective. It addresses education, alternative energy, and subsidies to the dinasour economy we currently have.
Our current industry services and community service programs are: Greening Advice, "Got Ewaste", Green Entertainment Riders, and in 2014 we will launch "Repower the Scene"
EMA has several consultants within our alliance to work with festivals and industry members to identify ways to incorporate sustainability practices that will be win-win. Please email us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line "Green my Party" or "Green my Festival".
Although there may be some simple tips we can give you for free for parties, clubs, and smaller festivals, a thorough sustainability initiative should come by hiring a consultant that can either take on the initiative completely or work with your team.
We are working with some of our industry members already to create eco & social awareness tips for their newsletters and can do the same for your industry or personal newsletters. What should be addressed, however, is that each of us as individuals has a choice every day about our own actions. We cannot wait around for industry to do something for us. We should be making personal choices that will inspire our friends to do the same and empower us to demand it of industry.
Our tip sheets for industry and fans are coming soon.
Little changes can make a big difference. Greening hospitality riders is a practice for eco-sav artists and also venues who want to lead the way in health for artist and planet. Our Green Rider tip sheet is coming soon. If you would like advice now, please contact us and we will be happy to help offer suggestions, provide examples, or help customize a hospitality rider.
Our programs and campaigns are meant to be models of what all members and future chapters can partake in, or be inspired by. This year we have created the “Got Ewaste” campaign to create awareness surrounding the societal problem of Ewaste, electronics waste, which is the fastest growing waste stream in the world.
E stands for Electronics -- anything that takes electricity to run from batteries or by being plugged into a socket.
Electronic equipment and gadgets are the fastest growing waste stream in many countries. For many, electronics are part of modern life – cell phones, computers, laptops, tablets, TVs, CDJ’s, projectors, speakers, wires and a growing number of gadgets. Every year we buy new, updated equipment to support our needs -there are upwards of 300 million computers and one billion cell phones produced every year. All of these electronics become obsolete or unwanted, often within 2-3 years of purchase. This global mountain of waste is expected to continue growing 8% per year, indefinitely (BCC Research).
Electronics contain toxic elements that can leach into the ground and contaminate the Earth (which we are reliant on for life -it’s all connected remember?).
Electronics should not be thrown away but recycled. However, electronics typically cannot be recycled through normal municipal waste streams, and must be taken to special recycling locations.
EMA believes in responsibility. There is a phrase “cradle to cradle”. All things have an end life. Last time we checked, our culture is COMPLETELY reliant on electronics for the creation and delivery of our music so we need to take ownership of that cycle starting with awareness and ending with proper re-use, refurbishment, and disposal.
What are the benefits and advantages of recycling e-waste?
Reuse of whole units: Reuse functioning electronic equipment by donating it to someone who can still use it.
Repair/refurbishment/remanufacturing of units
Recovery/reuse of functional peripherals or components
Recycling of constituent materials: Recycle those components that cannot be repaired.
Last. Responsible disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste in permitted landfills.
EMA’s Ewaste program is awareness + activism. We have created “Socket Peep” (as seen on the left) as our mascot. EMA has already started working with industry partners such as Emazing Lights and RaveReady.com on eWaste initiatives. We will be creating a guide for local EMA city ambassadors to throw their own. Here are some things you can do now:
(Information partially from: http://www.ksewaste.org/ewaste_why.htm)
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