1. Addressing the Climate Crisis
Though the festival was grounded in all things vegan food and lifestyle-based, much of the conversation circled back to environmentalism in the wider sense, focusing on the impacts of what we wear, eat and do. Talks between Jack Harries and host Venetia Falconer addressed environmental activism and the growth of the Extinction Rebellion movement in just one year. The positive futures stage held discussions on boycotting fast fashion, with Bel Jacobs & Alice Wilby talking about their campaign to stop people buying new in 2019 in addition to Adam Biddle on social media’s power for good and Dan Dicker’s ‘how circular design can help to combat the global waste and resource epidemic.’
2. Living a Low Impact Lifestyle
This year the festival introduced the option for a low impact ticket for those wishing to forgo the complementary goodie bag, with attendees being encouraged to consider their consumption both throughout the course of the festival as well as in everyday life. In a talk between Jack Harries, Madeline Olivia, Blue Ollis, Nour Livia and Jess Lichenstern, host Pawan Saunya asked the panelists about their decisions to commit to minimalism, less flying and campaigns of political protest. Echoed between each of those talking was the notion of change, to not committing wholly to flying bans and radical lifestyle changes, but rather implementing change in a way that is sustainable, achievable and simply less impactful on the planet.