When algae and rock collide
Musical superstars lined up next to Superstars of STEM at Splendour in the Grass.
It’s not what you typically expect to find as part of a musical festival line-up – a tent full of algae complete with its own ‘crew’.
The Deep Green Forest tent was a new draw at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, Australia’s premier outdoor music festival, attracting thousands of people keen to soak up an oxygen-rich environment and learn more about how these microscopic organisms can play a role in a more sustainable future.
Algae harvest the energy of the sun to grow, soaking up carbon dioxide and then releasing oxygen to the atmosphere.
By 2050, it’s expected between three and five ‘earths’ will be needed to feed and sustain the global population. Festival goers attending the event at the North Byron Parklands were encouraged to absorb sustainability science by making their own algae hand scrub, growing their own algae leaf, and taking part in oxygen meditation.
Dr Alex Thomson, who manages the Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH), said “The algae cells generated by the installation during the festival can be returned to the earth and used as fertiliser to help restore the environment.”
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