August 15, 2010
Hindus have applauded Norway’s Oya Festival (Oyafestivalen) for being a sustainable and green festival in an environmentally friendly zone, calling it “a step in the right direction”.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that in view of global ecological crisis, musicians and artists should not stay silent spectators to this threatening crisis faced by humanity, should fulfill their obligations by voicing the environmental issues, and should come forward to do their share of tackling global warming and persuading others to undertake this cause.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged other music festivals, music groups and musicians of the world to embrace Oya’s philosophy of looking at the environment from planning to closing and beyond and management in between.
Rajan Zed pointed out that ancient Hindu scriptures, especially Atharva-Veda, were highly respectful of mother nature.
“It is cool to be green”, Zed added.
According to reports, Oya Festival, held from August 10 to 14 in Medieval Park in Gamlebyen, oldest part of Oslo (Norway), attracted about 16,000 visitors daily. Litter at the Festival was sorted into 14 different categories, food was organic and sourced locally, electric and hydrogen-powered cars were used by staff on the site, its four stages were powered by 100% renewable energy sourced from hydroelectric dam instead of polluting generators, it provided eco-friendly diaper change stand and eco-labeled sunblock. Stein Arne Blomseth was the Festival Manager.