Festival season is upon us, and this year at festivals we’re launching our Fair Deal campaign. One of our volunteer activists, Aakash Naik, talks about his experience at the Isle of Wight Festival campaigning to protect those most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
“It’s been months since the Copenhagen climate change talks. Many of us who campaigned felt completely let down and dejected after it was clear the accord would do little to protect those most vulnerable to climate change. Many of us took our foot off the pedal, or were unsure about what to do next. I’m so glad that Oxfam hasn’t just sat by the wayside feeling sorry – with an army of campaigners ready to rock and roll at some of this years best festivals and gigs, we know that if we’re going to win for people, we need to get more people involved demanding a fair deal.
This summer Oxfam will be getting thousands of music fans people inked up with temporary tattoos, adding their photos to the campaign Facebook page, and texting and tweeting to demand a fair deal. The response to the fair deal campaign couldn’t have been received better by the punters at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival, which saw acts including Jay Z, The Strokes and Paul McCartney grace the main stage.
By the end of the weekend the festival was awash with thousands of happy festival-goers proudly showing off their fair deal knuckle tattoos or Oxfam symbols. The best response came from younger music fans keen to know how they to could spread Oxfam’s message through volunteering at festivals and gigs. It was great knowing that these bright young things will be starting their very own journeys with Oxfam’s campaigns, and changing the world for the better.”
Not hitting the festivals this year? You can still show your support for a Fair Deal.