MOOP and Leave no TRACE
a little discussion we had over at C4.
Interested in what you think:
I'm with you man. I'm always amazed at the duality of a leave no
trace vs throw it all in the dumpster at Lake Tahoe mentality..
It's tough though, what with life and existence being transitory and
all things tending towards ultimate disorder.
Thinking ahead and coordinating community efforts is one good way to
I remember my first year, running like a muthafucker for 5 minutes
in midday heat across open playa to chase down a bag... then seeing
people throw perfectly good carpets out in the dumpster behind a gas
station on the way back to San Fran...
Now I bring a moop container and pick up things as i walk, but you
don't really see me haul ass for stuff blowing across the playa
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, J C <j@...>
> Last year I stayed an extra week after Burning Man ended.>
> I came home, hummed, hawed, and stewed. I had a blast but I was
> hella pissed.>
> I helped clean up. The fact that C4 Camp (and my Buddha Lounge
> Sanctuary Village) had so much to clean up wasn't what bothered me
> much. The fact that some lazy motherfuckers of C4 left a lot of
> junk behind for someone else to clean up wasn't the cause of my
> (though it caused them to be tainted in my generally unjudgmental
> What burned me up after the burn was the copious amount of good
> Regardless if you trucked it in and trucked it to the dumpster or
> whether you took it for granted that someone else would clean it
> there was an amazing amount of perfectly good stuff that was being
> discarded. And not just from C4 Camp.
> I felt like Sanford and Son as I picked through the `garbage' to
> all sorts of amazing things. If I had a truck I'd take it to BM
> and leave full and sell it all on eBay. SERIOUSLY! I'm not just
> about how I found a flashlight on the playa one night, or someone
> their cooler. I fucking brought home a brand new toaster oven that
> stopped someone from stuffing into a garbage bag forever. While
> ridiculous amounts of perfectly good furniture filled the BM
> instead of filling Goodwill, there were also obscene amounts of
> that were only slightly damaged or missing a screw. I came home
> Burning Man with 3-4 times as much stuff as I took there.
> I was going to write a scathing email blasting everyone and
> particularly bad offenders or events but I've since cooled down
> forgotten most of the details. Obviously I won't cool down enough
> it all pass unmentioned.
> All of you consumer whores (including myself) need to check
> and ask yourself if you can get it there and get it back or find a
> for anything that should not have a week long lifespan destined
> eternity in a land fill.
> Be conscious, think two steps ahead, be smart, and feel better for
> Peace out,
> ~ jSunshine *