~ Leaving No Trace ~
The Burning Man community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
I’ll be straight with you, Black Rock City: The map I have to show you today is not from Burning Man 2014. It’s not from Burning Man at all. It’s not even from this continent.
Today, I’m proud to show you the 2014 Moop Map from Tankwa Town, South Africa.
In 2013, the Burning Man DPW had the privilege to host Sonica Kirsten, AfrikaBurn’s LNT Lead. Sonica walked the moop line as part of the Playa Restoration crew, sharing knowledge, experiences and friendships with us.
Sonica instituted AfrikaBurn’s first Moop Map last year; it’s greener overall than Burning Man’s first Moop Map, and it only improved after 2014’s event.
Art went from about 75% compliance for LNT in 2013, to only one unregistered Burn not cleaning up this year!
Theme camps have also become much more aware, and we have had great responses.
This year we will be targeting the general populace of Tankwa Town that believes it’s a “leave your trash in a bag on your site” event. Also up for discussion is “drive by” mooping: people leaving their trash on other people’s site. Growing pains I tell you!
What I love about this portfolio is it becomes apparent how much people really care for this event and this culture. It’s wonderfully encouraging and engaging.
– Sonica Kirsten
Read more about AfrikaBurn’s event, community and LNT work at AfrikaBurn.com.
No Trace at Nowhere!
Liss Morgan, LNT lead for Spain’s Nowhere event as well as for Nest (Wales) and London Decompression, shares a big success story from another distant desert:
In the run-up to Nowhere, the Spanish government, not understanding our festival, tried to put in restrictions to have rubbish trucks come on site and remove rubbish every day. This would have of course not only impacted the atmosphere at the event; it would have been against people’s views on how the LNT principle works. After long discussions, we managed to convince them that we could leave the land the same as we found it, and not have anyone dumping in the surrounding areas, by having a waste site at the hermita (a church just down the road from the site). To help with food waste, we managed to get compost holes (helping to give back to the land we danced so fondly on) and have three site cleans (one after set up, one mid event and one just before strike).
1400 loving burners came together to prove to ourselves and to the Spanish government that we definitely believe in the LNT principle. Throughout the whole event (even against the odds with our wind storms) the whole place looked amazing, no rubbish anywhere to be seen. At the end of Nowhere we did not have a trace at all. The photos from the strike crew made me cry how perfectly there was not trace to be seen of any humans.
So inspired to watch how one person who is enthused about Leaving No Trace can impact so many other people. I did not know I could do this, and the community around me giving their support and encouragement are amazing. Could not have done without them.
What’s Your LNT Story?
The Burning Man Regionals Network is an incredibly diverse, vibrant community that spans the globe. Do you attend a regional event? Please share your experiences, challenges, successes and inspirations. How did you manage to Leave No Trace, and what did you learn?
Black Rock City, please share your stories too!
We know you’re on tenterhooks waiting for the next Moop Map scores. The Playa Restoration crew is compiling them as fast as possible (a process that happens at night after we’ve put in a full day of work in the desert). Please be patient with us, the next Moop Map installment is coming very soon!
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