Our ambition is to share our love for adventure while ensuring we respect and protect our planet.
The Festival is a platform for sharing and celebrating stories, ideas and movements. We programme a broad range of content which considers different perspectives, experiences and knowledge. Our aim is not to endorse one particular outlook, but to encourage challenge and debate in a way which connects us to each other and to the living earth.
We care about the environment, and understand challenges of diversity and accessibility within the sphere of the outdoors. We are constantly taking steps to make our Festival as relevant and engaged as possible in these areas, but we understand and acknowledge we have a way to go. We want to work together with our partners, the local community and our audience to creatively tackle these challenges.
We hope our audience join us for an incredible Festival weekend whilst also helping us to:
- manage and mitigate the impact we have on the environment
- leave a positive contribution to the local community and economy
- provide a platform for discussion and debate
We focus on progress over perfection and we are using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to help us to prioritise ways we can positively contribute. We worked with our audience to identify which of these goals are most relevant to our Festival. We are using the three highest ranking Sustainable Development Goals to inform our activity and help us to set targets:
Number 13 – Act on Climate
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Number 15 – Love Nature
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and revers land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Number 17 – Come Together
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.
The measures we are putting in place to aid these goals are as follows:
- incorporating sustainability-focused events throughout our Festival weekend
- aspiring to reduce Festival miles by positively influencing audience, supplier and artists travel choices
- encouraging our partners and suppliers to lessen their waste and adopt robust event environmental policies
- lessen waste by using reusables at all Festival sites and preventing the use of disposables including offering free drinking water
- increasing the range of vegetarian food concessions and ensuring where possible food is local
- reducing printed material by using digital communications wherever possible
- partnering with Backyard Nature to support their bid to get all children to spend more time enjoying and protecting nature where they live
- partnering with Lake District Foundation to support conservation, environmental and cultural heritage projects in the Lake Distrcit
- welcoming suggestions on how to improve and encourage our visitors, speakers, suppliers and partners to consider their impact on the local environment
- working with charities to positive effect, this year we are working with World Land Trust, Robertson Outdoor Bursary and Growing Well
- engaging with our local community by supporting local community groups, offering a selection of free events for local schools, families and the local community
- aiming to be a fair employer and offer good working conditions to both employees and volunteers
Thank you for working with us to make Kendal Mountain Festival more sustainable. If you have any questions or ideas please contact us.