Thank you to the members of the Choirs For Climate facebook group for your suggestions here – Steph, Katy, Jack, Caroline, Emily, Jane, Helen, and Aimee! If you have suggestions to add here, please email Chris.
The biggest impact that many choirs make climate-wise is going on tour to distant countries – travelling by train or bus where possible, and staying local, will make a huge difference.
Choose rehearsal and concert venues that are accessible by public transport. This also encourages people to come to your concerts!
For community choir leading, if you have the resources, using a projector for words is much better than loads of printed paper (also stops the fumbling and rustling and gets them to sing with better alignment)!
If you work off copy for performances, make your learning resources (lyrics, guide tracks etc) available for dropbox download – you can use digital devices in rehearsal, and you could also have copies of music to lend which is returned at the end for repeated use, saving on copying.
If you are using lots of printed paper, choose an eco-friendly and/or recycled brand.
If you have a large audience, how about putting your program online instead of printing hundreds of copies? People can access it on their phone or other device, and you can then link videos or recordings of each piece in the online program after the concert.
Instead of disposable cups at rehearsal, use regular tea and coffee cups which are washed up and dried. Also encourage your singers to bring reusable water bottles. Maybe you could get some made with your choir logo?
Choose an ethical bank for your choir account, one that doesn’t invest in fossil fuels (e.g. the Co-op Bank).
More suggestions to make your choir eco-friendly are welcome!