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Burning Man’s climate protesters have a point

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🗞️ Driving the news: Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion and Rave Revolution obstructed the route to Burning Man, leading to major traffic delays
• They urged the festival organizers to prohibit private jets, single-use plastics, excessive propane burning, and unrestricted generator use

🔭 The context: While Burning Man has evolved into a prominent cultural phenomenon over three decades, it has also faced criticism for its environmental impact
• The event generates about 100,000 tons of CO2 annually, with over 90% coming from travel to and from the festival, based on a 2020 report

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: Burning Man's environmental impact is significant due to its fires, extensive travel, use of generators, and the waste left post-event, challenging its 'leave no trace' ethos

⏭️ What's next: The Burning Man Organization has set a goal to be carbon negative by 2030, but this appears challenging without a major overhaul of the festival's infrastructure
• Some initiatives, like a solar-powered camp, have been introduced, but widespread adoption remains a concern due to costs and feasibility

💬 One quote: “Despite all the green technology being discussed, Burning Man will get dirtier before it gets cleaner” (Alden Wicker, journalist for WIRED magazine)

📈 One stat: Each iteration of the Burning Man festival generates a CO2 footprint comparable to what 22,000 gas-powered cars produce in a year

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