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10 Jun 2022

Our partnership with WOMAD began back in 2013. It’s been a huge success over the years, giving us the chance to demonstrate to the festival’s 40,000 audience what we believe in, and how together we can fight the climate crisis and create a green Britain. We’ve also worked with WOMAD to help reduce the festival’s carbon emissions.

The WOMAD festival is happening at the end of July and we’ll be there to support them and run our own programme of must-see events.

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The Ecotricity line up

We've got some fascinating Green Britain Chats lined up for you this year on the Ecotricity stage. These are a great opportunity to discuss the latest ways of creating a Green Britain with panellists and festival goers, with the aim of inspiring everyone to become a true Green Briton.  

Saturday’s theme will be ‘Time for a Change’ – Jon Snow and Dale Vince will be chatting about Jon’s life after Channel 4 News and Dale’s vision for the future, including his interest in getting into politics, as well as Forest Green Rovers FC, Devils Kitchen, Skydiamonds and much more.  

Sunday will be all about the work of the Ministry of Eco Education (MEE) on the theme of ‘Educating Future Generations’. Pupils and Nick Moss, the Head of Minchinhampton Primary (the first pioneer MEE school) will be sharing what they’ve learnt over the past year about saving the planet and preparing children for a future where protecting the planet is a must.

Our Ecotricity stand will be there throughout and we’d love to meet you. If you’re heading to this year’s WOMAD – 28-31 July at Charlton Park, Wiltshire – why not drop by and say hello?

Meeting so many of our customers face-to-face really helps us understand what motivates them and other like-minded people who want to do something to fight the climate crisis.

What is WOMAD?

Created by British pop legend Peter Gabriel, the World of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival began back in 1982.

Today, the organisation runs over 160 festivals across 27 countries, showcasing music, arts, dance, food and culture from all around the world.

The Green Britain Debate

Since we first partnered with WOMAD, we’ve played an active role at each festival. In that time, we’ve had many great moments. Since 2014, the Green Britain Debate, hosted by journalist and newsreader Jon Snow, has seen thousands of festival goers enjoy lively debates on subjects including sustainable living, fracking and the climate crisis.

Over the years, the Green Britain Debate has attracted many famous faces including:

Dale Vince (founder of Ecotricity)

Shelia Dillon (BBC Radio 4 Food Programme).

Robert Llewellyn (actor and founder of the Fully Charged YouTube channel)

Gail Bradbrook (founder of Extinction Rebellion)

Lucy Siegle (One Show presenter and journalist)

Geetie Singh-Watson (co-founder of organic farm Riverford)

Simon King (conservationist and wildlife photographer)

Natalie Fee (environmentalist and author)

Paul Sinton-Hewitt (founder of Parkrun).

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The Young Green Briton Competition

We created The Young Green Briton Competition jointly with WOMAD to give children aged 11-16 a chance to present their ideas for a greener Britain on stage to thousands of festival goers.

The Young Green Britons are mentored and coached by leading environmentalists, journalists and business people such as Dale Vince (energy), Robert Llewellyn (transport), Geetie Singh-Watson (food), Simon King (nature) and Mark Avery (nature and environment).

Taste the World stage

We showcase the amazing food created by the chefs at Forest Green Rovers, the world’s first vegan football club.

This stage gives us a chance to show how people can live another way with vegan food, and planet-saving vegan energy.

From delicious plant-based burgers to spicy pasties and vegan fajitas, you’re sure to find something to make your mouth water.

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