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A Greenbelt Festival Survival Guide

It is the year 2525.

Inaction on climate change centuries earlier has rendered the world a challenging place to live.

Greenbelt Festival continues to be a pilgrimage for the remaining, resolute social justice activists. But it’s not like it used to be...

The Christian Aid Collective offer the following advice to survive Greenbelt 2525:

Bring sun cream. Lots of sun cream. And a hat...

In 2017 Dr Ken Caldeira warned that “if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93% chance that global warming will exceed 4C by the end of this century.” Some estimates even predicted a 5.9C increase. He was right.

So, stay in the shade, lather up and wear a hat.

Bring decent footwear

British festivals are famed for their rain and mud. If that’s your cup of tea, then you’re in luck as a special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the year 2013 said we could expect the oceans to rise between 20 to 38 inches around the globe by 2100.

They were right too. Soil is perpetually waterlogged.

Waterproof boots are essential...and a spare pair of socks.

Bring something to drink

Oh, there’s an abundance of water. Flooding is rife here in 2525 but safe drinking water is much scarcer now. It’s not like we didn’t know this could happen. Back in 2011 the Union of Concerned Scientists raised concerns that rising sea-levels will result in the salination of groundwater reservoirs. The melting of glaciers and earlier snow melts compounded the problem and domestic, municipal sewer systems flooded quite early on in the climate crisis.

Bring a bottle of the good stuff.

Bring something to eat

Back in 2018 a study from the PNAS concluded that if greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, vegetable and legume yields alone could fall by 35 percent by 2100 due to water scarcity and increased salinity of fertile growing land. Other factors like rising sea-levels and an increased frequency of natural disasters, not to mention the loss of bees, also contributed to global food shortages.

Unless you want to rely on the extortionately expensive protein meal pouches available on site we’d recommend bringing a few packed lunches.

Bring a tent

The UN’s International Organisation for Migration declared back in 2019 that by 2050 there could be as many as one billion climate refugees globally (1 in 9 people). They were wrong on this one. It’s actually much more here in 2525.

We recommend that you bring something to sleep under as Greenbelt’s bell tents and other provided accommodation sold out in seconds. 

Just make sure that your accommodation is waterproof and stay out of it during the day when it’s too hot.

Between 3-4pm on August 25th 2019 The Christian Aid Collective hosted a session at Greenbelt focussed on exploring how we could have prevented such a future becoming a reality. If only more people had attended…