Glastonbury 2015 is underway and once again music and contemporary art enthusiasts from all over the world (but mostly from Europe) have arrived in Worthy Farm to witness another chapter of pop culture history.
This year Burt Bacharach and Lionel Richie will evoke past decades in the minds of the seasoned festival attendees in addition to The Who. Belle and Sebastian, the Chemical Brothers and Florence + The Machine are some of the more contemporary bands headlining the event.
But Glastonbury is more than tents, mud, pop music and illegal drugs. NGO’s such as Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid take active part in the festival to raise awareness on relevant issues such as environment and poverty.
This time we take the opportunity to focus in WaterAid, a charity based in Vauxhall (South East London), working to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
The presence of WaterAid in the festival this year is explained as follows:
WaterAid has ten water kiosks around the Festival site, where you can fill your Glastonbury water bottle with clean water, something 748 million people around the world are unable to do. We also provide toilets, composting loos and African latrines in Kings Meadow. For the girls, there are three She-Pees (ladies’ urinals) which will revolutionise your Festival experience.
They are also making their way through the headlines with a see-through model of toilets installed across the farm. The “loo with a view”, a toilet with a one-way window has the purpose of giving an idea of what life is like for the people in the world who don’t have access to safe and private toilet facilities.
By clicking here you can join WaterAid in raising the voice for people in poverty who don’t have a tap or a toilet.
I want to live in a world where every single person has clean water to drink and a safe toilet.
I believe the UK Government should support a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation and do more to make sure that everyone, everywhere has taps and toilets by 2030 for a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world.” #MakeItHappen.
June 26th, 2015.