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The Burning Man disaster is ‘a teachable moment’ about climate change

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🗞️ Driving the news: Unexpected heavy rain at the Burning Man festival saw attendees forsake its "leave no trace" motto, abandoning vehicles and bicycles in the Black Rock Desert

🔭 The context: Once an underground haven for free spirits, Burning Man has become a hotspot for celebrities, tech moguls, and elites
• The recent extreme weather showcases how quickly environments can shift due to climate anomalies

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: While individual storms cannot be directly linked to climate change, the state expects intensified storms due to global warming

⏭️ What's next: The festival's aftermath may intensify critiques of its environmental impact, underscoring a perceived departure from its foundational values
• Hopefully, this will prompt future organizers of the event to reevaluate their environmental footprint and values

💬 One quote: “It’s a teachable moment, as far as climate disasters and extreme weather go...This is very much just a trial run under really, really easy conditions for what a lot of people go through” (Anya Kamenetz, Burning Man attendee)

📈 One stat: Despite heavy rainfall, which was unusual for the region, nearby city Reno is experiencing its second-wettest year on record.

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