Every day, we face and feel the consequences of the climate crisis. Everyone of us, individually and collectively, has the responsibility to ensure the environmental, economic and social sustainability of future generations. As a festival, we acknowledge the environmental impact of our activities, the difference we can make in raising the awareness of those around us and our role in pushing and demanding from governmental bodies measures that contribute to structural changes.
We want to promote, produce and execute cultural events without compromising the present and the future. We are dedicated, therefore, to adopt management methodologies and practices that reduce negative impacts and enhance positive ones. Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring that environmental issues form part of our programme and of the subjects discussed during the debates promoted by Doclisboa in October and throughout the year, in the activities we develop with the general public and with school audiences.
We have made our commitment towards sustainability and in this edition we are already:
- Investing in more vegetarian and organic food: 70% of Doclisboa events will have entirely vegetarian and organic products from Pequeno Café and Bistrô.
- Creating good practices guides for team and guests.
- Reducing and calculating the carbon footprint caused by the air transportation of team and guests.
- Measuring and evaluating the impact of Doclisboa, as well as sharing ideas and methodologies in film festival networks (such as through the Green
Charter for Film Festivals initiative and the Doc Alliance network).
- Encouraging the use of more sustainable transport: a partnership with GIRA – Bicicletas de Lisboa (Lisbon Bicycles) allows us to cycle during Doclisboa.
At the same time, we are committed to:
- Reduce waste and avoid, essentially, disposable materials.
- Dematerialise, reuse and reduce communication and dissemination materials; and when creating new ones, prefer more sustainable options.
- Raise awareness of good practices in water consumption.
- Associate ourselves with partner entities that share the same commitment to sustainability and that implement eco-friendly practices.
- Raise awareness on combating the climate crisis, through programmes dedicated to the topic.
Being in a place of visibility also provides the responsibility to play an influential role in this crisis. We are confident that the obvious consequences must be tackled with structural changes at a political level that regulate and change practices at all levels of production. It is in this spirit that we intend to build and integrate networks of entities committed to demanding changes from government powers – these, capable of implementing continuous and effective measures that bring about structural changes to protect the future of the planet.