Leaving the EU is a backward step for the UK’s economy and environment

Firstly, apologies I have been away for a couple of days at Glastonbury. I wouldn’t normally leave this kind of post but I would like to reitterate the huge amount of respect I have for those who tried to keep us in the European Union (EU).

Both economically and environmentally we will suffer thanks to exiting the EU. We will have to agree new trade agreements with the EU which takes time, several years some sources have suggested. The arguments based around us leaving the EU resulting in the United Kingdom bring able to trade freely with other emerging nations (like BRICS) is completely unrealistic. In some cases the economies of these emerging nations are unstable and volatile at best. We have simply failed to listen to top economists and well respected institutions. To illustrate this since we voted to leave, ratings agency Standard and Poor’s have already stripped the UK of its top credit rating.

In terms of the environmental dangers, a recent expert review by a range of academics on behalf of the group The UK in a Changing Europe detailed how the EU has affected UK environmental policy and also how the UK has shaped wider environmental policies. The report emphasised how membership of the EU has been largely beneficial on the UK’s natural environment. Moreover it underlined how leaving the EU could be risky and may place the Climate Change Act in jeopardy in the near future.

As for the case and arguments around immigration, we have been unsuccessful in capturing accurate statistics on who is entering and leaving the UK. In addition we have also been unable to implement the most appropriate methods and approaches for controlling sudden influxes of immigrants through our borders.

If the UK wants to remain a world leading nation we need to have impact and influence locally, nationally and at a European and international level. This vote to leave the EU hinders our ability to influence on a global scale, and makes the UK a less attractive investment proposition compared to EU member nations.

2014 guide to the UK’s top sustainable and green festivals

With the UK’s summer festival season almost upon us, we will be looking in-depth at some of the most sustainable or eco-friendly events taking place in 2014.

But first, to whet your appetite, here is a mini-guide to the festivals we think you should look out for this year, glancing briefly at their sustainability and green commitments.

View the 2015 guide to the top international sustainable and green festivals: https://sethkirby.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/2015-guide-to-the-top-international-sustainable-and-green-festivals/

Wood Festival, Oxfordshire

A small family festival of music and nature, situated in Braziers Park, Ipsden. It was first held in 2008 and is run by the same people who organise the Truck Festival.

When: May 16-18

Tickets: Adult weekend tickets are £75; day tickets between £24-32

Website: www.woodfestival.com

Sustainability: The festival is 100% powered by renewable energy, with energy sources ranging from biodiesel to solar power. Organisers have invested in sustainable infrastructure, including the main green oak stage, with Julie’s Bicycle describing the event as a “beacon of environmental sustainability”. It has plans to become a zero-waste festival in the future, and it already promotes the use of public transport schemes, especially cycling and car sharing, for people travelling to the event. It is highly commended by A Greener Festival and was handed a silver award by Festival Kidz.

Glyndebourne Festival, Sussex

A Sussex-based opera festival, founded in 1934, that presents a range of opera productions each year.

When: May 17 – August 24

Tickets: From £85

Website: www.glyndebourne.com

Sustainability: Glyndebourne uses a wind turbine as its main source of power. In its second year of operation (to January 2014), the turbine exceeded its targets, generating enough energy to cover 102% of the event’s requirements. The festival was awarded the maximum three stars by the environmental certification scheme Industry Green in 2013, and it has an ambition for its whole operation to be carbon neutral.

Sunrise Festival, Somerset

An ethical living arts and music festival that originally began back in 2006.

When: May 29 – June 1

Tickets: Adult tickets are £99; family tickets are £225

Website: www.sunrisecelebration.com

Sustainability: All the energy used at the festival site is from renewable sources such as solar and wind power. On-site biodiesel also is used, locally sourced and made from waste vegetable oil. Sunrise’s goal is to achieve best practice in ethics and the environment, and it was rated outstanding by A Greener Festival in 2013.

Hebridean Celtic Festival, Isle of Lewis

A Celtic music festival that takes place in Stornoway in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.

When: July 16-19

Tickets: Adult weekend tickets are £79; day tickets range from £26-35

Website: www.hebceltfest.com

Sustainability: The trust behind the festival has committed to minimising its impact on the environment, reducing carbon emissions and waste on site, encouraging more responsible forms of transport, and sustainably managing festival resources like energy and water consumption. In 2013, it was one of the first festivals to trial the Recycle and Reward scheme – to incentivise festival-goers to recycle. A Greener Festival rated it outstanding in 2013.

Larmer Tree Festival, Wiltshire

An annual music and arts festival set in the picturesque grounds of Larmer Tree Gardens.

When: July 16-20

Tickets: Adult tickets start at £160; youths at £105 and children at £60

Website: www.larmertreefestival.co.uk

Sustainability: The festival works with organisations such as Wiltshire Event Services to improve recycling initiatives during the five-day event. It encourages the use of public transport to and from the site, and supports the local economy by utilising local suppliers as often as it can. In 2014, the festival’s official charity partner is the food poverty charity the Trussell Trust. A Greener Festival commended its efforts in 2013, and it was given a gold award by Festival Kidz in the same year.

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridgeshire

One of the most popular folk festivals in Europe, running since 1964, the event takes place on the impressive grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall.

When: July 31 – August 3

Tickets: Adult weekend tickets are £144; day tickets from £53.50-63.50

Website: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Sustainability: A 2009 report, commissioned to measure the carbon footprint of the festival, found that 42% of staff walked, cycled or used public transport to get to the event. In 2010, the festival saw a recycling rate of 71% for all waste, and its bars generate minimal or zero landfill waste. It also has strong links with the environmental charity Friends of the Earth, and was highly commended by A Greener Festival in 2013.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons

Intimate, independent festival set in the idyllic, rolling Welsh hills of the Brecon Beacons.

When: August 14-17

Tickets: Adult weekend tickets are £159

Website: www.greenman.net

Sustainability: The event uses music and art activities on site to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote a sustainable lifestyle. In Einstein’s Garden, the three stages are powered by sustainable sources of energy, and the area gives festival-goers the opportunity to engage with innovative low-carbon technologies like solar power and hydrogen fuel cells. Festival Kidz gave it a gold award in 2013.

Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire

A small, diverse and family friendly festival which takes place on a quaint country estate in Northamptonshire.

When: August 21-24

Tickets: Adult weekend tickets are £135

Website: www.shambalafestival.org

Sustainability: For the first time in 2014, it is set to be 100% powered by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and waste biodiesel, and it is the first festival in the UK to send zero waste to landfill. It has pioneered projects like the Bring A Bottle campaign, which encourages festival-goers to bring their own reusable water bottles, in addition to encouraging car travellers to make a contributory donation to the Travel Carbon Fund – in order to offset a portion of their carbon emissions. Julie’s Bicycle acknowledges the importance of Shambala’s sustainability management plans on the industry, saying that it “provides a guiding light in educating, inspiring and motivating the festival sector“. The festival is a founder member of the Green Festival Alliance and the Powerful Thinking initiative. It was named best green festival at the 2013 UK Festival Awards, and has also received accolades from A Greener Festival, Festival Kidz and Industry Green.

Greenbelt Festival, Essex

An arts, faith and justice festival with traditional Christian roots.
When: August 22-25

Tickets: Adult weekend tickets range from £119-149

Website: www.greenbelt.org.uk

Sustainability: Caterers on site are required to use reusable or biodegradable food packaging, and traders are encouraged to use fair trade products – which includes Greenbelt Festival branded clothing, which is manufactured using fair trade cotton. The festival uses energy efficient bulbs for the venue’s lighting, and it is supported by a range of partners for 2014, including the sustainable bank Triodos and ethical retailer Traidcraft. it was commended by A Greener Festival in 2013.

End Of The Road Festival, Wiltshire

A small, alternative and independent music festival located at the splendid Larmer Tree Gardens.

When: August 29-31

Tickets: Adult tickets start at £170; youths at £130 and children at £40.

Website: www.endoftheroadfestival.com

Sustainability: The festival programme is printed on recycled paper using eco-friendly ink, sourced from vegetables, and over half of non-catering traders offer eco-friendly products. The event has partnered with FRANK Water, a Bristol-based charity, since 2010. Its FreeFill initiative provides filtered drinking water at the festival, which then goes on to fund clean water projects in developing countries. It also partners with A Greener Festival to support the Festival Wood campaign through valuable voluntary donations. Festival travellers by car can opt to purchase a tree in order to restore ancient woodland and wild forests in Scotland.

About the certifications and awards

A Greener Festival are a global awards scheme set up in 2007 that recognises festivals that deliver environmental best practice. www.agreenerfestival.com

The Festival Kidz awards were held for the very first time last year to celebrate the most family friendly festivals on the circuit. www.festivalkidz.com

Creative Industry Green, established by Julie’s Bicycle, is a certification of environmental sustainability. www.juliesbicycle.com/industry-green

Powerful Thinking is an industry initiative for festivals exploring ideas to reduce costs, respond to climate change and transition to a low-carbon industry. www.powerful-thinking.org.uk

The UK Festival Awards, launched in 2004, are an annual awards ceremony, covering a variety of festival categories including the greener festival award, family festival award, best small festival and many more. www.festivalawards.com

The Festival Wood is a forest regeneration campaign led by A Greener Festival. www.agreenerfestival.com/festivalwood

Photo: Ella Mullins via Flickr

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UK Tourism and Sport Management Research Centres

I have devised a list for academics, practitioners, researchers and students who want to find out more about many of the top sport, leisure, hospitality and tourism research centres in the UK (shown in university alphabetical order). This includes links to their website and social networking sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn.

Birkbeck, University of London: Birkbeck Sport Business Centre – The Birkbeck Sport Business Centre is a dedicated research centre of Birkbeck, University of London. Birkbeck Sport Business Centre bring together international experts in sport management to deliver high quality research. Twitter.

Bournemouth University: International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Research – International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Research (ICTHR) is truly international in its horizons working with colleagues and for clients across all continents. Projects include impact studies, tourism planning, marketing strategies, labour analyses and explorations into the effects of events and other MICE activities.

Canterbury Christ Church University: Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research – The Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (SPEAR) focuses on the social and health sciences of physical activity, sport, leisure and heritage. Twitter.

Cardiff Metropolitan University: Welsh Centre for Tourism Research – Established in 2001, the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research (WCTR) is one of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s recognised centres of research excellence and the only UK research centre of its kind to be rated as producing world-leading and internationally excellent research. Twitter.

Coventry University: Centre for Business in Society – The Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) is the home for specialist researchers within the business and law school. The centre aims to better understand the role of business in society and through the impact of the centre’s research ensure a better outcome for all. Twitter.

De Montfort University: The International Centre for Sports History and Culture – The International Centre for Sports History and Culture was established at De Montfort University in 1996 and is today widely acknowledged as the leading centre for the study of sport history in the world.. Twitter.

Glasgow Caledonian University: Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development – The Moffat Centre is a highly regarded university-based centre undertaking key consultancy and contract research projects in the travel, tourism, hospitality and events sectors. Twitter.

Leeds Beckett University: International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality – The International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH) aim is to combine knowledge creation with knowledge transfer using a range of mechanisms for the latter, including continuing professional development, consultancy, short courses and specialist events. Twitter.

Loughborough University: Centre for Olympic Studies & Research – The Centre for Olympic Studies & Research (COS&R) was founded in July 2004 in order to develop the field of Olympic research. It is one of a network of Olympic research centres. The focus of the Centre is on research relating to Olympism, Olympic Games, the Olympic Movement, and Olympic sport.

Manchester Metropolitan University: The Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities – The Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities (CSFC) is home to an inter-disciplinary network of researchers from across faculties and academic disciplines. Currently there are researchers from human geography, architecture, sports management, business, history, politics & philosophy, languages, sociology and information & communications. Twitter.

Queen Margaret University: International Centre for the Study of Planned Events – The International Centre for the Study of Planned Events based at Queen Margaret University is dedicated to providing government, event professionals and sponsors with scientific evidence of the linkages between planned events and education, health, wealth, environmental sustainability and social cohesion. Twitter.

Sheffield Hallam University: Sport Industry Research Centre – The Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) is one of three sport-related research centres in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. The main focus of the centre’s work is the use of applied economic techniques to solve the specific research requirements of our clients and to generate new knowledge about the sport and leisure industries. Twitter.

University of Bedfordshire: Institute for Tourism Research – The Institute for Tourism Research (INTOUR) is one of the most widely respected institutes of its kind, with the highest RAE mark awarded to a university in 2001.

University of Birmingham: Sport Policy Centre – The Sport Policy Centre seeks to provide the bridge between first-class academic research and innovative policy-making. Twitter.

University of Brighton: Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies – The Centre of Sport, Tourism and Leisure Studies at the University of Brighton exists to develop, focus, and stimulate internationally-leading research concerned with the emergence, practice, and provision of activities relating to sport, tourism and leisure. Formed in 2013, the centre brings researchers together from across the social sciences, humanities, and industries with related and complementary interests and expertise.

University of Central Lancashire: Institute for Dark Tourism Research – The Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR), based at the University of Central Lancashire, is a world-leading academic centre for dark tourism scholarship, research and teaching. Twitter.

University of Central Lancashire: Institute of Transport and Tourism – The Institute of Transport and Tourism (ITT) is a small institute based at the University of Central Lancashire, with big ambitions to make leisure travel more sustainable.

University of Central Lancashire: International Research Institute for Sport Studies – The International Research Institute for Sport Studies (IRiSS) is a multi-disciplinary research institute, primarily based on the social sciences and cultural studies approaches to sport, which seeks to encourage the development of collaborative research projects, within UCLan, the UK and transnationally with groups of colleagues at other universities and research institutes.

University of Exeter: Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research – The Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research is helping shape governmental policies, social marketing efforts, and business management, as well as improving academic understandings of sustainable sport and tourism. LinkedIn.

University of Greenwich: Tourism Research Centre – The Tourism Research Centre is a cross-departmental network of academics, researchers and research students who have a particular interest in any aspect of tourism studies. The Tourism Research Centre is situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site within a vibrant and continuously evolving tourism destination and makes good use of this inspiring location.

University of the Highlands and Islands: Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research – The Centre for Recreation and Tourism Research (CRTR) is an established research centre at the School of Adventure Studies, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

University of Kent: Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas – The Centre for Tourism in Islands and Coastal Areas (CENTICA) is an explicitly multi-disciplinary research centre that was set up to generate policy-relevant analysis for governments, agencies, the private sector and other funders. CENTICA is unique within world research institutions as it combines a focus on the dynamic sector of tourism with a specialisation in the common challenges facing islands and coastal areas.

University of Salford: Centre for Sports Business – The Centre for Sports Business promotes research and consultancy in sports analytics, sport finance, sport law and the economics of sport. Twitter.

University of Westminster: Centre for Tourism Research – The Centre for Tourism Research distinct focus is on tourism in cities and metropolitan areas. The centre’s interests include airport management, business tourism, city image, conference and event tourism, national capital tourism, social tourism, sports tourism, tourism and city development, and tourism policy.