What if the extraordinary solutions to carbon drawdown emission could be accomplished through play?
Grow by Day / Play by Night is a concept which provides a template for festivals to actively drawdown emissions though carbon farming and
internalizing costs through collaboration.
These are the ingredients:
+ A non-profit organization for climate justice/ sustainability, or land trust
+ A group of performers and/ or a talent agency
+ A team of 10-20 consultants on permaculture, eco-villages, hydrology, carbon farming, event planning, human resources, habitat life, and media
+ Acreage of land with proper zoning and water table
+ A festival organization (Lucidity, Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, etc)
Firstly, an appropriate acreage of land is acquired for stewardship by a non-profit organization or land trust. This land would need to have proper zoning, the approval of a local populace, and an adequate water table to support eco-system restoration. The organization invests their time and resources to secure ties with a festival, a group of performers and / or talent agency along with a team of the aforementioned consultants. Each of these consultants will need to have familiarized themselves with the working conditions and legalities of the obtained acreage prior to any publicity or "green light".
Once all of these components, groups and entities are committed for a time frame and contracted; a green light on the project goes live as the festival announces the event. As tickets are sold, the transparency around the strategy, cost, and cause of every ticket is also offered to the ticket holder as a proof of collaboration.
The cost transparency of a ticket will cover the expenses incurred for land acquisition, supplies, consultants and some artist compensation. Here's where cost inclusion comes in....the agency or group of performers can receive tax deduction for their time by donating their talents to attract an audience base. This donation goes directly to the non-profit in collaboration. Ticket expenses will be handled to compensate these artists for travel, food and lodging. Through this contribution, these costs can go towards the purchase of supplies, tractor rentals, consultants, dwellings, and land tax fees. In turn, the agency and/or performers will also receive credit in the form of IGE restoration as their contribution of time is broadcast as an act of stewardship.
Then at the point of the festival, the audience provides the labor for two hours in the day while enjoying concerts and festivities held at night. By selling a descent amount of tickets, less labor would be necessary for each attendee to enjoy a more leisurely experience.
At the conclusion of this festival, 12 to 25 tiny house dwellings are raffled off to the ticket holders for further land stewardship. In other locations where these types of festivals have transpired the appointed stewards can share or swap locations but not sell or rent. Only half of these dwellings would be occupied on a short to long term basis while the other half remain open for artist internships and live-work programs. This would make it possible for artists to earn credit by their contribution to a space via artwork, installation or sculpture with an emphasis on environmental themes.
Once the space evolves into a plush green land with resplendent installations, it can also serve as an eco-tourism location with proceeds to benefit the needs of a local population. That population can dispense with these proceeds in any way which would best serve their community whether by a park, new businesses, renovations to community centers, an addiction treatment facility, a new school, etc.