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Big Day Out To Go Green

MELBOURNE, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Australia’s biggest music festival has announced that it plan to become carbon neutral this year, and plan trees to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from the events.

During 2006, the organizers of the Big Day Out festival conducted two audits to determine how much energy the concerts use, and has now hired a company to mitigate that energy use with a Eucalyptus tree plantation.

The project is expected to cost about $30,000 this year. Promoter Viv Lees told Australia’s ABC News Online that it is important to set an example.

“It’s quite feasible on an economic level,” he said.

“I think m ore and more people will be doing this and I see it’s probably part of a long-term expectation.

“I can’t say necessarily that it’s going to change the way that global warming situation is going to develop in a great way but maybe it’ll help in a little way.”

The series of seven Big Day Out festivals across Australia and New Zealand start in Auckland on January 19th. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers