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The Indian Dance Festival, the biggest Bollywood-style Indian Dance event in Finland, has stepped up its commitment to sustainability for its 2017 event by taking measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and compensate for unavoidable emissions, in collaboration with the Climate Neutral Now initiative of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.

The festival, which ended last Sunday, was organized for the second time in Finland. Finland already has an impressive environmental track record, and has committed to full climate neutrality by 2045. In line with their country's leadership role, the festival organizers pledged to estimate, reduce and compensate for all relevant greenhouse gas emissions.

Laura Keronen, secretary of the organizing committee, said:

“We are proud to contribute to global climate action and to align with the Finnish Government’s pledge to become a climate neutral nation by doing our part. We have been working with our partners and with participants in the festival to reduce emissions, and fundraising to compensate those that we cannot avoid. We are happy to say that we are dancing towards climate neutrality!”.

The Festival has taken actions such as:

  • Accounting for the main emission sources associated with the event, such as air travel and energy consumption;
  • Encouraging the use of public local transport;
  • Planting trees in the community to raise awareness about sustainability;
  • Serving a majority of vegetarian food to participants;
  • Compensating unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions with United Nations-certified carbon credits, which also support sustainable development in developing countries.

Indian Dance Festival Flashmob in Finland

The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomed the organizers’ announcement to go Climate Neutral Now. Niclas Svenningsen, lead of the UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now initiative said:

“Every organization and every individual has the opportunity to contribute to climate action by changing their behavior and helping raise awareness about ways to reduce our emissions. The Festival is helping to engage participants in climate action, and providing a great example of how similar events can become climate neutral.”

For further information, please contact Laura Keronen, info@indancefest.com

You can also join climate action! Visit www.ClimateNeutralNow.com to contribute or take the Citizens Climate Pledge. On social media, follow the hashtag #CNNow

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