Tuesday, 23 Apr 2019



When it comes to musicians touring across the country, the choices we make can have a weighty impact on the footprint we leave on our precious Earth. In a modern setting, many working musicians want to reduce their environmental impact but don’t know where to start.

More and more artists across the globe are speaking out about minimizing or mitigating their impact, including Drake, Jack Johnson, Janelle Monae, Maroon 5 and John Mayer. As a country with a reputation for being ‘clean and green’ we should be the front runners for environmentally conscious touring.

 If you are putting together a tour across the glorious country we call home here’s a few things to think about…

AVOID          REDUCE         OFFSET

Avoiding emissions is the most important step.

  • Taking public transport is one of the best things you can do for the environment when traveling. It means you're not creating any additional carbon emissions from private transport.

  • Always identify the most efficient route to avoid travelling excess kilometres (i.e. is the coast road a shorter distance than the inland highway?)

  • Avoid planes where possible. Cut out just one five-hour flight and your carbon footprint will be a tonne lighter. And you'll get to see more of the beautiful countryside that makes Aotearoa so iconic.  

  • Don't print more T-shirts and merchandise than you need. The temptation to buy bulk can lead to wastage so weigh up the cost you might be saving with saving the planet!

Reducing emissions is the next important step.

  • Fan travel to shows. The impact of audience travel is greater than artist travel, because there are so many more people in the crowd than on stage. You can reduce the impact of all that fan travel in a number of ways.

  • Play at venues that are accessible by public transport and/or walking

  • Promote public transport & car-pooling options when promoting your event

  • Cheaper parking for full cars, cheaper tickets for people who ride their bike, or combine event tickets with public transport tickets

  • Turn off gear when you can. 

  • If you're flying overseas, every kilo counts. The more a plane weighs, the more carbon emissions it produces. Pack only what you need- the environment will thank you!


Offsetting your emissions is the final step

  • Speak out to fans. Your artist platform provides a unique position to transfer important ideas to large groups of people. As a cultural role model it is important that you know a bit about climate change, and simple solutions that your fans can put into action. Lead by example, and spread that word that you practice your art with the environment in mind, a constant endeavour to improve your own footprint. 

  • A great tip is to remember to act in a hotel like you would at home - avoid getting clean towels when not necessary, don't have long showers and something frequently forgotten is to turn off TV, lights and aircon when you leave the room.

  • Plant trees or invest in renewable energy projects through a carbon offset company

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