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Earth Day 2024: Our Call For Collective Action

This Earth Day, as METHOD reflects on our journey towards sustainability, we extend an open invitation to our industry peers, partners, and the broader community. Our commitment to sustainability is not just a part of our operational mandate; it's a call to action. We believe in the power of collective effort and knowledge sharing to tackle the pressing challenge of climate change.

The urgency for the live music and events industry to adopt sustainable practices has never been greater. The industry contributes significantly to carbon emissions, but it also holds the potential for transformative change. At METHOD, our transition to cleaner fuels, our push towards zero waste to landfill, and our adoption of renewable energy sources are steps towards reducing our environmental footprint. Yet, the essence of our mission goes beyond mitigating impact—it's about setting a new standard for environmental stewardship in our industry.

Climate change poses undeniable risks to the UK, from warmer and wetter winters to hotter and drier summers, leading to more frequent and intense weather extremes. These shifts affect not just the natural world but every facet of human life, including the viability and resilience of our industry. In light of this, METHOD has committed >1% of our annual turnover to sustainability initiatives and carbon offsetting, demonstrating that there is a robust business case for embracing sustainability - this aligns with the Brian Eno’s amazing EarthPercent initiative.

We recognise that offsetting is often viewed with scepticism, and rightfully so. While some offsetting methods, such as unprotected reforestation, may lack effectiveness and permanency, our offsetting commitments prioritise both efficacy and permanency. Our offsetting methods include Enhanced Weathering and Aquatic Biomass Sinking. Additionally, there is increasing scientific evidence to suggest that carbon removal is required, and reduction alone won't solve everything (Reassessing the need for carbon dioxide removal: moral implications of alternative climate target pathways - Cambridge University).

We invite you to engage with us, to explore the sustainable practices that have not only shaped our operations but also defined our identity. Whether you're a fellow event organiser, an artist, a vendor, or a community member, there's much we can learn from each other. Sustainability in our industry isn't just about operational changes; it's about fostering a culture that prioritises the planet and its people. It's about understanding that the steps we take towards sustainability today will shape the legacy we leave for future generations.

By sharing our experiences and insights, we can collectively drive the change needed to ensure a sustainable future for the live music and events industry. The challenges we face are significant, but together, we have the potential to turn these challenges into opportunities for innovation, growth, and positive impact.

Reach out to us to discover why sustainability is not just an environmental imperative but a strategic business decision. Let's collaborate, innovate, and lead by example, demonstrating that the path towards sustainability is not only possible but profitable and fulfilling.

Together, we can make a difference. Let's pave the way for a sustainable future, one event at a time.

Happy Earth Day.



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