Norway’s Oya Music Festival for environment friendliness lauded

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.