Our man Dave X, who manages the Fire Art Safety Team (FAST) and all the awesome pyro stuff you see on playa (yay fireworks) wrote up a great post about taking care of the playa, and what you can do to help … a lot of stuff you are likely not aware of that makes a big difference. Take it to heart, and your planning process! Dave X says:
When I first came to the Black Rock Desert (in 1992) for Burning Man I was amazed at the place. ”NOTHING” in any direction: no plants, no rocks, no people and no rules. The place seemed indestructible and the perfect place for all kinds of jack-assery.
Well, over the years (as I returned over and over) I started to notice (when I got there early before anyone else) that I could find here and there old Burning Man trash: a piece of firework cardboard, some odd, burned gravel, or something shiny…
I also learned that a slow leak of RV juice or fuel made small spots on the Playa that can, like the tip of an iceberg, represent a huge area that is soaked just below the surface and that is hard to dig out.
The Playa, like the Ocean, hides its shame just below the surface and it is only when it floats up to the top that we seem to notice. These type of degradations to the Playa surface can be healed but, as we gain population and continually reuse this resource, it is becoming harder and harder to repair the mess.
So, before we reach a tipping point and lose our access to this valuable resource, we must redouble our efforts to protect the surface of the Black Rock Desert.
Some tips to help:
The awesome Burning Man Environmental Video Collection