Burning Man is cool with no extra cost to the planet, so refresh your memory with why it still stands as being more eco-friendly than the rest in its category.
With its various solar-powered charging stations, art installations and a wide reach in other parts of the world, it is the leading example for the others to follow. From its deep ecological roots stretching from 1986 to its current worldly popularity, Burning Man lives upto the hype. Don’t believe it? Check out the ways it combines art, music and the ecosystem.
- Leave No Trace is the basic necessity of being a Burner
The Leave No Trace ethic is simple, you leave the place you’ve occupied looking better than it did before, literally leaving no evidence behind. Imagine if this would be implemented around markets with garbage lying around all over the place.
- Camp maintenance is the key to success:
Camping in the desert is a thrill in itself, no matter the size or representation of the camp. A green planning process is the main focus which allows the people to consider the 6 R’s – Respect, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore.
- Transport is always a huge part of the experience:
How will you make it to the playa? By sharing a ride with your friends or other attendees. Not only does it reduce the number of vehicles but also helps to start conversations with the other festival go-errs and those closest to the camp. And who knows, if you’re lucky enough you can hitch a ride with some people who have the same interests.
- Sturdy material doesn’t have to be boring:
Building a camp is no joke, a lot of material is required to keep it sturdy. Designing structures with materials which can be dissembled easily and used again are promoted. Creativity in this form holds no bounds with inflatable mattresses and easy to use fold able chairs as a start.
- Power is never in one persons hands:
Since electricity is a huge part of any camp, a bio-fuel gas is promoted. It can be shared it with the other campers, more the merrier! LED lights, solar powered lamps and string light are not only convenient but picturesque.
- Recycling and composting is a way of life:
Recycling starts with using perishables before they get bad and avoid plastics in order to get a cleaner environment. Composting is also a huge part which can be learnt about on their official website to get all the tricks and trips.
- Art steals the show every time but don’t let it fool you :
People often dig holes for their art, so replacing the dirt once you’re done with it is imperative. It is however necessary to dig holes no deeper than 3 cubic feet. The reason being that they loosen up and creates ditches making it dangerous for vehicles.
- When the theme gets people together with a fun platform:
This year the theme is Da Vinci’s workshop and a special social experiment will be conducted, inviting artists to settle around and activate a public plaza. They will join together, pooling their resources to create a welcoming environment at the centre where all our citizens may take ease. Thus establishing a common ground where participants unite and share experiences.
- Disposables got to go, but not to another camp:
Since there are no trash cans at the venue, be careful where you dispose your waste. they have a strict policy about the washrooms. One has to be responsible for their own waste like cigarette butts and the rest.
But the whole experience, all the eco-benefits aside, is one that cannot be missed at all!