UN Decade on Restoration endorsed project to deliver persistent online festival to raise funds for The UN Decade on Restoration, ecosystem restoration projects. The World's best loved artists in fun, thematic, social, learning environments.
A project with The United Nations Decade on Restoration, Foundation For Common Good 501(c)(3), Green Pop Foundation (an official implimentation partner of The United Nations Decade on Restoration), Glastonbury Festival Producer Robin Collings (www.losthorizonlive.com) and various industry leading producers that may be joining the team.
'The U.N Decade on Restoration' will be launching June 5ththis year. Our concept is to host online concerts with the world's best loved artists in order to raise funds for each of The Decade's Ecosystem restoration projects.
Green Pop's Reforest Festival is an environmental action gathering combining practical ecosystem restoration work like tree-planting, with a full line-up of workshops, talks and activities from sustainability experts. The evenings are filled with campfire sessions, storytelling and music from some of South Africa and the Worlds finest musicians, producers, artists and thought leaders. Here's a short video about the 2019 festival.
Green Pop Tree-E-O, Misha Teasdale has exported the GreenPop Reforest Festival concept before, to other big European festivals but all of them were on the ground experiences where people would dance and plant trees together in real life. We wereare looking to do something similar where we train up a core Reforest Festival UK team and find locations and sponsors for our first festivals in the UK as a way of kickstarting new Green Campuses, amazing parties that restore theland with beautiful indigenous forests and edible forest garden deisigns we develop together. We still feel that this is a great way to establish Green Campuses, in the heart of these food forests, these ecosystems we design and dance into form together. Then the Green Camps will provide accomodation for people to come back to their food forests and also provide a platform for other regenerative programs.
At the begiinning of Misha and I exploring ways to bring Reforest Festival to the UK, we began with talks with Wasing Estate who host the incredible Medicine Festival that brings together tribes from around the world to celebrate with and learn from their deeply valuable cultures. Josh who owns Wasing Estate and his CEO Andrew responded warmly to our propposals and directed us to a disused industrial site on their land that nature is slowly reclaiming. We developed a business model and some basic concept drawings for this Wasing Community Campus together and the team at Wasing are awaiting the first prototype Green Camp structures to be complete so they can come and see them in lieu of starting a project where we can deliver little Reforest Festivals together there. This prototyping process is ongoing but Covid meant we have not been able to progress so we started to explore other opportunities to get busy with all important ecosystem restoration..
We were very fortunate that the head of The Agroforestry Research Trust, Martin Crawford reponded positively to our request to be our expert ecological consultant for the project, consulting with us to design the species matrix and layout for the food forests that we plant together at these festivals, supplying the plants from his incredible proppagation facility in Devon.
We then began talks with our friend and Green Campus team member Robin Collings who is a producer of Glastonbury festival and Boom Town Fair. When we asked Robin if he felt that Glastonbury and Boom Town might be interested in integrating a Reforest Festival program or if he would like to work with us on delivering a reforest fest at Wasing and elsewhere, Robin responded positively and supportively as always but pointed to the fact that no festivals are allowed at the moment because of Covid.
FOOTAGE OF A LOST HORIZON ONLINE FESTiVAL EVENT
Robin introduced us to his ground-breaking work creating online festivals, LostHorizonLive.com. Their online festivals have already had millions of people come to see many different world class artists in the wonderful worlds they create for these performances. They have also just won 'Best online Festival' at the digital event awards. Robin and his team are creating incredible computer game like worlds where there are stages where world class artists performing their gigs infront of audiences made up of 3D characters controlled by people at home; abit like World of War Craft or Call of Duty but not about killing thing, it's all about the music and meeting amazing people. This audience of custom Avatars can mingle and communicate with eachother as the microphones and speakers on people's computers at home allow one to communicate with the other avatars that one comes into contact with.
I suggested to Robin and Misha that we work on an online 'Reforest Festival Online' that raises funds for these amazing Reforest Festivals and Ecosystem Restoration Projects to happen on the ground so we could build up a vibe in advance of our hosting reforest festivals together. Misha and Robin liked the idea and Misha told us that The Green Pop Foundation was an official implimentation partner of The United Nations Decade on Restoration. a decade long Un project to restore eco-systems around the world. Misha felt that such a project could be used to raise funds for all of the UN ecosystem restoration projects. We developed a concept paper for this event and The UN Decade on Restoration Communications Secretary of Communicationhas generally endorsed the development of the concept:
DEMO STAGE IN DEVELOPMENT:
PARTY AS HARD AS WE CAN WITH THE BEST ARTISTS IN THE WORLD TO RESTORE THE EARTH
Big thanks to Denzyl Fiegelson for supporting development of this concept paper development too BTW!
We are presently drawing up a project budget and a have a few large multinationals with Green fingers that we would like to approach for sponsorship of some first events to helpkeep a perpetual world online where people can come and party at scheduled events with amazing world class artists but also come to see live talks volumetrically captured and broadcast teaching about the importance of ecosystem restoration and how it is our best tool to fight climate change, foot and water shortages, pollution, to provide bio-security, prevent forced mass migration, war etc and also to follow the development of each of the UN ecosystem restoration projects.
I look forwards to giving updates of the development process in the journal here and welcome any-one who would like to collaborate to contact email@example.com - we are in need of computer game developers, CG artists and designers with experince in MMO Unreal work, Atavism, and other social VR and volumetric capture tech.
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