Love to DJ — and have a dozen friends who love to hear you DJ enough to run on hamster wheels in hot weather? Then get in touch with eco-educational nonprofit Global Inheritance for your chance to spin a half-hour set at Coachella.
The last time I went to Coachella Music & Art Festival was in 2005 — and I remember a lot of traffic and a lot of trash. But the last few years, the popular music fest’s been slowly greened up by Global Inheritance, which combines art, fun, and play to promote environmental concerns.
You may remember Global Inheritance for its environmental theme park Environmentaland or its Re:cycled Tweets social media fundraiser. Thanks to the nonprofit, concertgoers have been able to get to Coachella by train, charge up cell phones with bicycle power and enjoy eco-themed art installations.
This year, Global Inheritance plans to make even more green noise at Coachella with the Sweat Shop, an initiative that gives eco-minded DJs a chance to spin on equipment juiced up by human power. Would-be DJs have to recruit a dozen friends to ride bikes and see-saws, turn hand cranks, and run on hamster wheels to power their music career, literally!
Have 12 friends ready to sweat it out at Coachella? Email sweatshopMIXER@globalinheritance.org with your website for consideration. If you’re chosen, you’ll need to reserve your spot with a $50 deposit — which will be refunded after you and your friends successfully power and perform your set.
More of a quiet visual artist than a noise-making DJ? Then help green up Coachella by redesigning the 96-gallon recycling bins for Global Inheritance’s getTRASHED program — so that people won’t be able to resist using them. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your artwork, concept, or website. On Jan. 31, Global Inheritance will pick 20 designs plus 5 alternates — and the artists will get tickets and VIP tickets to Coachella. After the big weekend, the redesigned bins will be placed in Southern California schools to inspire a new generation of recyclers.
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