“Put on the polar bear costume!” they said. “It’ll be fun!” they said. And so I did. Nobody warned me though about the kids that would be coming to punch me, kick me, try to push me over and pull my head off. Oh no, they didn’t mention that. But of course those were in the minority, and there were many more that just wanted to come and get a big cuddly bear hug from me. I expect you’re wondering what I was doing in a polar bear costume right? Well last weekend, my Neil and I were Greenpeace volunteers at the Smugglers Music Festival in Kent. While I was in the polar bear costume, Neil looked like this:
Thankfully we only had to do short stints in the costumes, or we would surely have passed out from the heat. Aside from the heat, and being beaten up by the kids, I also had to contend with earwigs inside the polar bear’s head at one point, but apart from that, it was a blast! When we weren’t in costume, we looked like this:
The main purpose of being there was to recruit more Arctic Defenders, which involved getting people to sign a petition to stop further drilling for oil in the Arctic. I’m not going to ramble on about that now, but if you want to know more about the campaign, follow this link.
We had plenty of free time to enjoy the festival, and we camped there for two nights. The kids came too and much fun was had by all. This wasn’t a festival with big name bands, but we heard some fabulous music there. Real musicians playing real instruments, imagine! One of best moments though was on the second evening, we sat around the campfire…
…and a man came by. He wasn’t one of the acts, he wasn’t scheduled, he just took the opportunity that was a few feet away from us, and he played piano in the woods.
Do you go to music festivals? Or do any volunteering? Or dress up as polar bears or gorillas? Or play musical instruments in random places?