For 2007 the Glastonbury Festival is laying down the gauntlet. Organisers Michael and Emily Eavis are joining three charities - Greenpeace, Oxfam and Water Aid - to raise the volume on climate change and urge everyone to get behind the ‘I Count’ campaign.
The festival aims to sign up 100,000 new supporters to the campaign by the end of the weekend - including visitors, performers, and celebrities attending the event, as well as arm chair goers enjoying Glastonbury from the comfort of their own home. Michael Eavis has promised to be the first name on the list at the opening launch party on Thursday night. Some performers are already on board.
‘I Count’ involves over 50 of the UK’s most respected environment and development NGOs - including Glastonbury regulars Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid - working together to show the public and politicians that climate change is not too big a problem to fix
“I Count because… I care about the disappearance of species and land from the impact of climate change and it will disappear in my life time if nothing is done. It’s not like we’ve got anywhere to move to. I’m urging everyone turning up or tuning into Glastonbury this weekend to sign up to the I Count campaign onsite or online to www.icount.org.uk or text ‘I Count’ to 84424.” KT Tunstall
“Everyone arriving at the festival will be in no doubt as to the theme of the weekend as they are presented with a wristband with the ‘I Count’ message, “we can stop climate chaos”. Programmes are being distributed in 100% unbleached cotton bags, not plastic wrappers this year - giving visitors a bag for the weekend as well as life! “explained I Count’s Campaign Manager, Lucy Pearce.
Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid will all have a major presence at this year’s festival, showcasing activities that underline the “I Count” message as well as their own campaigns. Other initiatives include carbon neutral showers, carbon dating for that special person and planet in your life, carbon trails and carbon gyms.
See attached information and to find out more, visit the Greenpeace Field and the Oxfam and WaterAid stalls by the Pyramid stage.
Accredited journalists are invited to a Greenpeace/Oxfam/WaterAid press launch/party in the Guest [email protected] (behind main stage), Thursday 21 June, 7pm
For more information:
I Count campaign and Stop Climate Chaos Coalition (www.icount.org.uk):
Alison Blower - [email protected]; 020 7729 8732; 07967 698928 (SCC HQ)
Sarah Jenkinson - [email protected] 07766682624 (on site at festival)
For interviews contact Lucy Pearce direct on 07891 129865
Stuart Fowkes (national) - [email protected]; 01865 472254; 0781 8406038 or Roger James (South West region) - [email protected]; 0117 916 6473; 0778 6660422
Greenpeace (www.greenpeace.org.uk): Ben Stewart - [email protected]; 0207 865 8283; 0780 1212967, James Turner [email protected], 07766 165323
WaterAid (www.wateraid.org): Kate Watson - [email protected]; 020 7793 4793; 07887 521 552
To find out more about the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and I Count campaign see www.icount.org.uk or www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
SCC members include: Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Oxfam, People & Planet, National Federation of Women’s Institutes, RSPB, Tearfund, World Wide Fund for Nature - UK (Board members), A Rocha, ACTSA, Action Aid, Airport Watch, BMS World Mission, CAFOD, Campaign against Climate Change, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Carplus, Climate Outreach and Information Network, Come off It, Christian Aid, Ethical Consumer, Ethical Jobs, From Greenhouse to Green House, Garden Organic, Glasgow Eco-Renovation Network, Global Student Forum, Green TV, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science, Islamic Relief, Medact, National Commission for Justice and Peace, The National Trust for Scotland, Operation Noah, Plan B, Practical Action, Road Block, SAOCC, Save our World, SCIAF (Scottish Action on Climate Change), Shared Energy, SPEAK, Spokes, Surfers Against Sewage, Sustrans, Take Global Warming Seriously, The Wildlife Trusts, Transport 2000, UNA, Unison, Women’s Environmental Network, Woodland Trust, World Development Movement, Youth Against Climate Change
The I Count Campaign calls on the UK government to provide:
• action internationally: ensure that global greenhouse gas emissions are irreversibly declining by 2015
• action for justice: deliver assistance to developing countries to adapt to climate change and give access to clean energy to meet their developmental needs
• action in the UK: introduce a Climate Bill to deliver an annual ‘Carbon Budget’ which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 3% per year
Please click on the link(s) provided.
I COUNT LAUNCH 21ST JUNE.pdf
For further information, please reply to I Count Press Office