Welcome to the LNT page for Freezerburn 2013. As one of the ten principles of Burning Man, leaving no trace, beyond being a basic human consideration, is a key to maintaining the relationship between our event and the private land owner. This ensures that we will have a venue and goodwill for future events.
Everyone is Responsible
Even though there may be a team dedicated to cleaning up and restoring the site after the event, the responsibility for leaving no trace falls squarely on you, the participant. It is your responsibility to ensure that you pack out everything you packed in. Never let it hit the ground! If you see something on the ground, pick it up. If you see someone drop something see to it that they are reunited with their stuff, whether it’s a piece of a costume or a cigarette butt.
The objective of the LNT-team is not to clean up after you. Rather, the objective is to have everyone enjoy themselves in such a way that there is no mess to cleanup afterwards. The ideal LNT-team operation is for us to set out, garbage bags in hand, and find nothing.
Freezer Burn is practice for the big burn in the desert, so ”playa rules” are in effect. Even though certain practices are arguably okay in a grassy field in central Alberta (for example: throwing your apple core into the bushes, disposing of grey water by dumping it on the ground or discreetly peeing on the ground behind your camp), these practices are NOT OKAY on the playa and therefore are NOT OKAY at Freezer Burn. (Just think, where are you gonna find bushes to toss things into on the playa?)
What do you plan to do at Freezer Burn? How are you going to do it without leaving a trace?
Some things to consider:
Smokers: What are you going to do with your cigarette butts? Have a canister ready. Better yet, bring a couple extras to gift to your fellow smokers.
Campers: Do you plan to brush your teeth? Where do you plan to spit when you are done? Have an empty jug ready for this purpose.
Ravers: Where are those glow sticks going to go? Are you going to be able to keep track of them if you are just hanging on to them in your hand? Have an effective way of attaching them to yourself. Share it with your friends!
Whipped Cream Aficionados: So when you are done serving whipped cream to everyone on the dance floor, where do you plan to put the empty gas charges? Why not have a special pocket on your costume to store them? You can count them with your fellow WCAs and tally your whipped-cream glory. It’ll be fun! Whipped Cream for all!
Pissers: So you have a cooler full of beer and debauchery. Why not have a drinking game where if one pisser’s drink receptacle — empty or otherwise — hits the ground they have to pick up three while downing three? Who’s got the blue bag?
You get the idea…
It’s a seemingly infallible rule of human behavior. Mooping begets mooping. The more people moop, the more people will think it’s okay to moop. [MOOP = Material Out Of Place]
In my experience, if someone has trash-in-hand and sees moop, even in the corner of their eye, then unless that someone is thinking ahead, that trash-in-hand will hit the ground. This is why cleaning as you go is key. Clean-begets-clean. If your camp is a mess, people visiting will tend to mess it up more. Not due to any mean-ness of spirit, they’re just thinking that they can’t make it any worse. If it’s already clean, they’ll see that leaving a mess will be noticed.
Also if a pile of moop starts, it will grow. It can be as simple as two beer cans ending up next to each other on the ground. People passing by will start to contribute to it. Again, not by any malign intent on their part, it just seems okay because other people are doing it.
The key here is for you to be conscious of how the environment is affecting people’s behavior. Pick it up before it piles up!
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