Replenish the Wood We Use at the Temple of Promise

For two years, Art for Trees has undertaken the admirable task of planting trees to replenish a portion of the wood we burn in Black Rock City’s Temple every year. After planting more than 5,100 trees so far, the project is back for the third time, so you can contribute to replenish the wood for the Temple of Promise.


bem3xhwaul9rowpxs0usAppropriately, this year’s Temple will have a stand of sculpted trees in its heart, initially with bare branches, which visitors will drape with messages they’ve written on cloths, creating a shady grove of weeping willows. This Temple is already a tribute to the all-important Burner principle of protecting the environment, so supporting Art for Trees’ efforts this year couldn’t be more fitting.

Check out the Art for Trees Indiegogo campaign and consider planting some trees in honor of the Temple of Promise.

And wouldn’t it be great to see this kind of project become widespread as a way to offset some of the environmental impact of our whole event? Let’s all try to come up with at least one more way to do that this year.

About the author: Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell

is the publisher of the Burning Man Journal, the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter, and the Burning Man website. His playa name is Argus. He co-wrote a big story about spending 24 hours at the Temple of Juno in 2012. He’s been a Burner since 2008. Email: argus@burningman.org

9 Comments on “Replenish the Wood We Use at the Temple of Promise

  • Lee Klinger says:

    Several of us Temple of Promise volunteers do forest restoration when not building temples. Planting new trees and tending mature trees is our way of life, for temples like the earth.

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  • Token says:

    It’s nice to think that Burning Man is a carbon neutral event and everything is green, but it is soooo far beyond that it’s not even funny. It’s really nice to plant tree and all, but seriously…

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  • Siion says:

    Can I shit on the playa if I plant a tree for every time I do it?

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  • Tree Jay says:

    Lee and I are aptly named Trees. I also work to plant several hundred trees though the year. The more we do , the better off well be.

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  • Tree says:

    The healing that occurs on the playa, especially during the temple burn, IMO far surpasses what our toxic medical system provides, and for much less cost and damage to the environment.

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  • Jim Van Dyke says:

    I donated to this important cause. I’m a volunteer on the Temple build, and also put in significant volunteer time for an environmentally focused non-profit year round. I get the healing power of the Temple and the overall transformative experience of BRC. Yet it’s cognitive dissonance to complain about corporations and governments unwillingness to stop fouling the earth if we burners can’t evolve beyong burning everything we make too. Someone has to be the first to change; who better than Burners?

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  • Kumbh says:

    Jon, this is excellent! I’m very happy that we are able to replenish the wood we use for our own needs. Hopefully we can plant way more trees to counter act the activities of carbon.

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