For almost 50 years, the United Nations has been calling for active participation against the climate crisis worldwide on 5 June. On this year's World Environment Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres also launched the »Decade for Ecosystem Restoration«. For already today, 40 percent of the world's population is affected by environmental degradation. To the seriousness of the situation, one can at most conciliatory add that there is still time to repair the damage done – if only the time is used constructively.
So what to do (differently)?
From our programme to the use of natural resources and purchasing decisions to partnerships, the Ludwigsburg Festival has an impact on economic, ecological and social dimensions. So where do we stand? A current stocktaking reveals positive standards, which on the one hand speak for Jochen Sandig's driving artistic direction and on the other hand are great motivators. In order to get further steps rolling, a working group consisting of staff members from different departments was formed. Read below what we have achieved so far.
At the workplace
We are very pleased to see how many resource-saving measures have already been implemented at Palais Grävenitz. The use of green electricity, energy-saving light bulbs, recycled paper, microplastic-free cleaning products, flow limiters in the taps, etc. - the list could be extended thanks to further efforts - all make an active contribution to environmental protection. A lot has also been done in terms of mobility: e-cars are now used for necessary journeys.
We are passionate about our responsibility to »communicate development issues in a lively way«, as the development policy guidelines for Baden-Württemberg put it. Thus, in addition to dealing with current issues such as gender identities and the climate crisis, the programme offered also focuses on the involvement of all visitors (Goal 4). This is also connected to the desire not only to address a more diverse audience, but also to be perceived as a more diverse workplace. In addition, the entire team of the Ludwigsburg Festival has been engaged in an opening process since 2020, accompanied by Handan Kaymak (Goal 3).
In the festival business
Many things also happen during the festival: for the first time after a whole week of rehearsals, the rubbish from the artists' catering of the unpackaged shop Ohne PlaPla amounted to just one office rubbish bin (target 12). The gift of flowers at the end of a concert became personalised tree sponsorships: artists like Oksana Lyniv and J Henry Fair already support the reforestation of German forests and CO2 offsetting with the regional project »Zukunft schenken – Bäume pflanzen« by fit4future natur, the Cleven Foundation, Hitradio antenne1 and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Food, Rural Areas and Consumer Protection (Goal 15).
Beyond these ecological aspects, we are happy about all the cooperations and collaborations with strong partners and institutions that have been realised so far (Goal 17). The crucial question »Where are we going?« will also be addressed in the coming weeks in a joint event with the City of Ludwigsburg »Auftakt Zukunft Dialog« on 18 June and a workshop of the Baden-Württemberg Environmental Academy on 3 July.
This first interim report ends with a short outlook on further plans: For more inclusion in everyday life (Goal 16), we also want to increase the possibility of participation in our programmes by means of admission prices and barrier-free as well as intergenerational offers. Likewise, further measures to mitigate climate change and its effects are to follow (Goal 13). This also includes the topic of CO2 balancing and measures to avoid or compensate for CO2. Thus, with openness to critical dialogue and a willingness to constantly innovate, we are working to implement the 17 goals and the resulting themes in our daily work.