As of January 24th, 2024, the global festival Lollapalooza announced that it will be partnering with Re:wild. Re:wild is a conservation organization led by global conservation scientists, as well as actor Leonardo DiCaprio, that shares environmental education. The festival will partner with other teams from Sweden, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France. They will go through Lolla’s messaging channels to share Re:wild’s important information. They will also carve out spaces at each festival site for partners to speak directly to fans while supporting an unspecified financial commitment.
Commenting on the festival’s efforts, Re:wild chief scientist and CEO Wes Sechrest told Billboard, “In a moment when we need the world to come together to protect and restore nature as the most effective solution to the related climate and biodiversity crises, there are fewer greater convening forces than music,” said Sechrest. “We are excited for this partnership with Lollapalooza to bring visibility and support to the vital and urgent work of the communities and local organizations on the front lines working to ensure that nature thrives for the benefit of all.”
Re:wild Will Help Lollapalooza With Efforts They’ve Already Started Making
So far, the festival has partnered with Re:wild and other organizations to make the festival go green. For example, purchasing carbon offsets and creating refillable water stations to prevent plastic water bottles from landing in landfills. The festival will also start using recyclable cups, another way to combat food and waste distribution.
With past efforts in this venture, the festival’s flagship show in Chicago received the Illinois Sustainability Award in 2017. The Berlin Lollapalooza Festival last year was the nation’s first music festival to be certified as sustainable as per international standards. As Re:wild has had tremendous success, the organization has managed to protect and restore tropical forests, mangroves and oceans. It has also managed to help Indigenous people attain rights to their lands and bring back endangered species.