For a New World

Instead of occupying the streets and blocking workers from getting to their jobs and trying useless and wasteful energy in attempts to influence hard headed politicians,
I humbly think that this is something youth all over the world should be investing in, or if not,  them and their children of the future will have nothing to eat!

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BOOM!! AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL

Greetings beautiful Boomers,

It’s 2012 and we’re building the most sustainable festival in the history of the Boom…. It takes a bunch of crazy adventurers to do it over the years and come from all over the world to experience it, but that’s exactly what drives the spirit of the Boom: pure ADVENTURE!

Boom is one ARTivist event and is being sculpted like a work of art that demonstrates the infinite possibilities of sustainable survival.

As a result, the meticulous production of the Boom pivots around an intense environmental program, which ultimately aims to take the entire festival completely off the grid. However, an intelligent understanding of the environment and its location is critical to the festival’s permaculture and environmental program, which is based on the context of a bioregional framework.


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THE LOCATION

The festival takes place in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, situated within the Geopark Meseta Meridional – a bioregional area containing a complex eco-system of its own soils, landforms, watersheds, climates as well as native plants and animals. [link]

THE BOOM FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM

The meticulous production of the Boom pivots around an intense environmental program. The festival has successfully implemented a number of initiatives as it progresses towards the ultimate goal of taking the entire festival completely off the grid. [link]

PRINCIPLES OF PERMACULTURE ARE OUR INSPIRATION!

Planting of edible gardens and flowers beds; nourishing the land using natural composting materials, implementation of ingenious ideas for growing organic food and living in harmony in all climates.


BOOM OFF THE GRID: A NEW ECO PROJECT FOR 2012

Taking one giant leap towards this goal, this year, Boom takes both its Healing and Sacred Fire areas completely off grid – that’s 25 percent of the entire festival. We are implementing more solar and wind energies all around the Boom 2012. [link]

YOUR OIL IS MUSIC: INNOVATION IN 2008 WITH VEGGIE OIL

Boom’s plan for alternative energy has been evolving over recent years. In 2008, it launched the project Your Oil is Music, collecting 45,000 litres of waste vegetable oil for its generators, preventing the emission of 117,000kg of C02 into the atmosphere. [link]

THE BOOM LAB: GOING DEEPER WITH THE SUN

Launched in 2010, the Boom Lab built five photovoltaic stations – a move that helped bring the festival even closer to becoming independent of the mainstream electrical matrix. [link]

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WATER: EVERY DROP COUNTS!

Boom’s system for recycling water has been in place since 2008 and is based on plants, bioremediation and evapotranspiration. The 2010 edition saw the launch of the STAR water treatment unit, based on bio-remediation and evapotranspiration, treating 100 percent of all waste water at Boom. A total of 5.5 million litres of wastewater was treated. [link]


ECO-ART: THE BEAUTINESS OF NATURE

The power of art is most profound when created with nature. Vast gardens become works of art as environ-artists work with natural materials, demonstrating sustainable and creative ways of connecting with nature. [link]

COMPOSTING TOILETS, CLEAN SANITATION

We use composting toilets – the cleanest most odour-free toilets to be found at a festival of this scale. They use no water and no chemicals. Built from scratch on site, they generated 70,000 litres of organic, high quality liquid fertilizer for agricultural production. [link]

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WASTE MANAGEMENT: A CLEANER BOOM

The Boom Ecoteam comprises a total of 150 volunteers that collect all the waste and recyclables on site. The team works around the clock collecting rubbish for the waste conversion facility, which compacts everything to send to the municipal system. There is also a system in place to recycle compost organics. [link]


BIO-CONSTRUCTION: A BOOM PASSION

All structures across the site built using sustainable materials including adobe, cane, stone, bamboo and straw-bale. [link]

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: THE BOOM BUS

In 2010, 3,500 people travelled to Boom on the Boom Bus from Lisbon and Madrid. We estimate that by counting an average of three people per car, we have prevented some 1,150 cars from driving into to the Boom – therefore contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. [link]

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LOCALISM, FAIR TRADE & BIOREGIONALISM

Basics such as fruit, vegetables, animal products, olive oil, water, local beer (made from natural ingredients) and materials for building and construction, are locally sourced. Boom supports fair trade, opting for local brands and small companies.


AWARDS: CONSEQUENCE OF A COMMITMENT

Boom’s dedication to creating an environmentally sustainable festival has reaped the following awards:

• Greener Festival Award in 2008 and 2010 (for Outstanding Prize)

• European Festival Award 2010 (for Green ‘n’ Clean Festival of the Year)

Permaculture principles drive the Boom, allowing choices that enhance the ecology, economy and culture of the place while serving as a solution to the temporary resource shortfalls that many of us have experienced around the world. [link]

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PARTICIPATE AT BOOM

Until 3 July you can get your 3rd Phase Boom ticket. There are several pricing systems:

– Regular Pricing

– Social Pricing

– Developing Country

– Free Boom Ticket (Mexico, Guatemala)

Get your ticket both online or in the Boom Ambassadors. All info here:

Go To Tickets Info!


BOOM FESTIVAL 2012

15 Years Edition

FULL MOON, JULY 28 – AUGUST 4

Idanha-a-Nova Lake, Portugal

ALL UPDATES HERE:

www.boomfestival.org

www.facebook.com/boomfestivalofficialpage

twitter.com/boomfestivalhq

www.youtube.com/BoomWebTv

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