For 2017 we've made the move to offset our emissions solely in New Zealand and have partnered with Ekos to support the Rarakau Rainforest, located on Māori land in the South Island.
The Māori landowners at Rarakau have given up the right to sell rainforest timber in exchange for the opportunity to sell carbon credits. This project is certified and is New Zealand's first and only rainforest carbon project that protects tall indigenous forest!
We buy carbon credits with Ekos to offset the festival's carbon footprint, this includes everything from waste, freight, electricity, accommodation, artist and stall holder travel, our merchandise and wristband manufacturing - even the amount of plastic cable ties we use!
You can also offset your CO2 emissions as a WOMAD 2017 participant - for $6.00 per person.
Ekos have estimated the average WOMAD participant causes just under 0.35 tCO2e emissions from travel, accommodation and off-site waste. $6 buys 0.35 tCO2e carbon offsets to 'neutralise' these emissions so that your WOMAD experience does not contribute to climate change. By offsetting your emissions you'll also be helping to save the Rarakau Rainforest.