Rock The Baltic Sea 2017
Rock the Baltic Sea is a social media campaign initiated in 2017 to increase awareness of water protection and the challenges the Baltic Sea has faced for many years and still struggles to tackle. Everyone plays a role in the campaign – Rock the Baltic Sea brings together the musicians, festivals and music lovers. To do your part, share your promise to the Baltic Sea in the social media, and challenge others to take part too!
Festivals were a big part of the campaign. WaterChain took part in the festivals and promoted the cause by engaging people to give their promises to the Baltic Sea. The campaign caught people’s interest, and the Baltic Sea received dozens of promises from the general public.
During the first year, Porispere festival (Pori, Finland) took the challenge and promised to leave the festival area cleaner than it was before the festival. Rock the Baltic Sea collected people’s promises in recycled strips of banderoles and hung them up for everyone to see.
Also Fishbait Rock Festival in Åland promised to make environmentally conscious choices when organizing the festival. For example, they preferred locally produced food and beverages, and their vision was to donate the festival revenue to the Baltic Sea Foundation.
All activities of the festival are based on the ecological values. Porispere has a slogan “Kuka siivoo?” (“Who’s cleaning?”) and with that it wants to remind that festival organizers are in charge of the festival environment.
Porispere promises to leave city park Kirjurinluoto cleaner than it was before the festival.
- Porispere is committed to use only renewable energy. Festival monitors it’s energy usage and seeks to make it more efficient.
- Porispere guides festival visitors about travelling to the event by public transportation.
- Festival requires the use of biodegradable foodware and recycling form partners. There is lot of guidance about keeping the area clean during the festival and they even talk about it on on stage between the artists.
- Marketing of the festival is done almost entirely without printed products.
- Porispere uses primarily local or domestic actors as partners and service providers.
- Decorations and goods are recycled, not bought as new. They will also be reused.
- Porispere promises to update it’s environmental plan and publish it also in English to share the good practices with other festivals. Porispere encourages other festival organizers to do the same.
FISHBAIT ROCK FESTIVAL
The Fishbait Rock Festival has been very engaged in the Baltic Sea issue from the beginning and a vision for us has been to be able to donate our revenues to the Baltic Sea Foundation.
At the festival we do our best to make good choices from an environmental point of view. To show you some examples we take pride in serving locally produces food and beer at the festival and our crew works in ecologically produced T-shirts.
Joining the Rock the Baltic Sea campaign is a natural choice for us and we hope that we through this can help spread the word so that more people engage themselves to saving the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Sea Rocks! Water Rocks!
Plastic sucks, Baltic Sea rocks! Julle Kallio from Pori Finland promises to reduce the use of plastic products, e.g. plastic bags. Julle asks all the musicians from Pori and Satakunta area to join the campaign!
“We promise we won’t start being idiots throwing trash in the waters, it’s an easy thing not to do. We also promise to remind ourselves and others to keep on being friendly to our mother earth, eat less meat, travel together and use our brains.”