Sustainability at the Beyond Borders International Festival

13th August 2019

This year BBIF is tackling one of the most pressing international crises of our age - climate change.

This year, the Beyond Borders International Festival, hosted in the idyllic surrounds of Traquair House on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August, is tackling one of the most pressing international crises of our age, climate change.

The Beyond Borders International Festival is working at reducing its environmental impact, increasing sustainability and creating a forum for dialogue to bring environment and climate change issues to a broader audience. This year, the Festival is hosting a variety of exhibitions, panel debates and activities that aim to bring the pressing issue to the forefront of discussion over the weekend.

The 2019 programme:

Explore the wide-ranging consequences of climate change around the world with a panel discussion examining Carbon’s Casualties, an exhibition looking through the lens of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Josh Haner, with Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, president, International of The New York Times Company and representatives of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.

Walled Garden

Within the Walled Garden, which hosts the arts and music portion of the Festival, has a range of sustainable activities. The historical walls will host prints of the The New York Times Carbon’s Causalities exhibition, which is the first art series each guest will see over the weekend.

Local Scottish Borders organisation Tweedgreen will have a stall with useful information on reducing your carbon footprint, while our sustainable marketplace will host organic and local crafts and goods. Jackie Jones will also be doing a talk about how to make better use of the fruits, vegetables and grains abundant in Scotland with tastings of recipes from The Scottish Vegan Cookbook.

On site

We have recycling facilities throughout the gardens and the onsite Garden Café uses compostable packaging, plates, cups, glasses and cutlery. We will have accessible drinking-water taps and water dispensers available, so we encourage you to bring re-usable water bottles, and the Festival Café and Garden Café will be offering a discount on hot drinks for anyone who brings their own vessel! Beyond Borders KeepCups will also be available to buy this year from the Box Office if you forget to bring your own!

We have a free bus between Edinburgh city center and Traquair House to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint, you can sign up here:, once you have your festival tickets!

Youth initiatives

We will also be hosting a group of school climate strikers as part of a youth climate summit, who will meet for discussions about their campaigns, and will take part in sustainability and climate change-focused activities throughout the weekend. Additionally, as part of our youth journalism initiative Beyond Borders Question Time, there will be climate-focussed sessions including Isabella Stuart Grey interviewing Fiona Darroch, and a session with Kirsty Brimelow QC, who is currently representing members of Extinction Rebellion.

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