What will happen if we continue on this trajectory and do not make any changes?
The events industry is one of the most booming sectors in the world. It's estimated that by 2030, events will contribute $1.3 trillion to global GDP. However, with this growth comes a responsibility: we must take steps to ensure our events are sustainable. If we don't, there will be severe consequences for our planet and its people.
Without action, the events industry will continually contribute to carbon emissions and ergo, climate change. This could lead to rising temperatures, extreme weather conditions, and an increase in natural disasters; leading to devastating impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, to changes in food production and availability as well as an increase in water scarcity.
Failure to take action could also have a significant impact on human health. Air pollution from events could cause respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis; noise pollution could lead to hearing loss; and increased traffic congestion could contribute to road accidents and injuries.
Finally, not taking action now would mean missing out on economic opportunities. By investing in green initiatives such as renewable energy sources or efficient waste management systems, event organisers can save money while also reducing their environmental impact.
It's clear that if we do not take immediate steps towards making the events industry more sustainable, we will face serious consequences - both environmental and economic - that no one wants to see happen.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that event organisers can move towards sustainability today; so let’s work together to make sure these measures become standard practice!