Together we need to halt three main problems at Glastonbury Festival: large scale urination, litter and discarded cigarette butts.
Peeing on the ground causes toxic pollution of the water table. The ground water runs into the central Whitelake River and down the valley for miles around. Wildlife and fish are affected if 200,000 revellers pee everywhere. The Environment Agency tests the water regularly, and has the power to close down the site if too many people have urinated and polluted the site. You can be arrested if you urinate in public and any staff caught peeing on the ground could be sacked on the spot. There are thousands of toilets on site, and we urge you to use them. Environmental health students check the toilets twice a day and cleaners and other staff are on hand, 24/7, to help keep them functional.
Please use the bins and compost your waste. This festival produces a huge amount of waste and we do our best to collect, recycle and compost everything. Volunteer litter-pickers get up at 4am to clean up each day. Please help by doing your bit. You can grab waste and recycling bags at the steward points to each camp site and there are thousands of bins.
Smokers often don’t realise it but each cigarette can contaminate 8 litres of ground water when it’s dropped on the soil. A butt takes up to 14 years to degrade. Litter pickers have to collect every butt when the festival is over to make sure the cows don’t eat them and they are not turned into the soil. This can take months. The Gaia Guardians tell revellers to keep their butts for the bins – they are toxic and should be handled carefully.
Join the Gaia’s Guardians. We are volunteers that aim to protect rivers and the earth. Our aim is to help make citizens into conscious stewards of the earth, either through song, persuasion, creativity or sacred interaction. At a festival, or in your home town, become a Gaia’s Guardian.