It’s been months in the planning, and now the eco-based Alternitaba Todmorden festival, the first of 42 such over Europe this summer, is here!
Organisers say that the movement is spreading fast because people are feeling unhappy and powerless about the state of the planet and feel better if they do something for themselves.
The Todmorden festival ties in with Tour De Yorkshire Day, and activities will be going on in and around Todmorden town centre all day on Sunday, May 3.
The small group of organisers hope to inspire people to make small changes in their lifestyles by cutting down the amount of things they buy, replace, accidentally waste, and throw away, as well as by using less energy in heating, driving cars and using electronic and mechanical equipment.
Making and using things burns energy which gives out carbon dioxide which warms the atmosphere more and more, say the group.
The festival at 10.45am when the town Mayor, Coun Michael Gill, is set to open it at Todmorden Town Hall.
“Reduce, re-use and recycle is a good slogan to keep in mind in daily life,” said Janet Rogers, one of the organisers.
“Also, eating food which has taken less energy to produce and transport, will lower our energy consumption and therefore our CO2 emmissions.
“We don’t have to feel powerless to do something good.”
The festival will be spread right across Todmorden town centre in some brand new venues as well as the familiar ones.
Pollination Street will have a pop-up tent village of real climate-change alternatives including electric cars and alternative house-building methods; and Todmorden Town Hall will be jam-packed with talks, debates, stalls, sustainable local food, a conference and workshops, plus some childrens’ activities.
Todmorden’s Joe Mobbs was among a 12,000-strong crowd at the original Alernatiba event in France.