Leave No Trace (LNT) – What? Why? How?

The global Burning Man community incorporates the core principle of Leave No Trace (LNT) into each event we put on and we are really pleased that we have our very own LNT lead for London Decom. Thank you Will 🙂

“Leaving No Trace is arguably Burning Man’s most important principle. If we don’t uphold that one, no more Black Rock City. But Leaving No Trace is not just about the playa; it’s our ethic about the whole planet. Burners are environmentalists. It’s just our nature.”

Read more on the principle of Leave No Trace here.

We’re explorers so exploring the definition of “Trace” fits with our nature as environmentalists, and our wonderlust.

LNT at London Decompression wants to encourage the community to explore the definition of what “Trace” is. This is inspired by the conversation surrounding the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report – read the report here, and a more digestible here. Collective action is highlighted as essential for prevention of, and preparation for, the worst impacts of climate change. What better community than ours to show em how its done?

As well as the usual MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) sweep on the day, we’re putting together some initiatives to get involved with beforehand – based on priorities from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and elsewhere. Our intention is to reduce the impact of Decom as well as getting us thinking about changes, we can make in default world after the event. We’d be grateful for any suggestions from inside and outside the community.

There have been concerns voiced as to how effective certain actions can be. Do seemingly positive actions, have little effect, or even ultimately make things worse? Each initiative will have research attached to it, explaining the reasons behind it and considerations that we can identify. Criticism or comments for improvements from the community, will be gratefully taken on board. If you have any thoughts about the conservation of emissions, waste, energy, materials etc, please get in touch with us on lnt@londondecom.org. We’ll use the feedback to work on creating practical, workable solutions, and getting the knowledge out.

To find out the most effective ways of sharing what we learn, the LNT team wants to conduct a survey of how well we do. We want to know what’s been communicated, how well it was communicated and what effect – if any – it had on people’s decisions. It’ll provide data for LNT at Decom 2019 so that we can adopt the good ideas and drop the bad ones. The results will be publicised in an undergraduate dissertation, meaning that the outside world can benefit from the community’s ideas.

There will be an opportunity to get involved in the survey at the venue and afterwards online, so please keep an eye out!!

 

For now, here are links to two helpful organisations:

Julie’s Bicycle provide tools and guides to the creative industry, to encourage effective action on climate change and environmental sustainability.

A Greener Festival are a non-profit organisation, which conducts research and provides sustainability support at events.


Here are some guides published by Julie
’s bicycle which may be handy:

SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT GUIDE

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-procurement-guide-2015

WATER MANAGEMENT IN BUILDINGS GUIDE

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-water-buildings-guide-2016

AUDIENCE TRAVEL GUIDE

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-audience-travel-guide-2015

JAM PACKED: AUDIENCE TRAVEL REPORT

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-audience-travel-report-2009 

MOVING ARTS VOL 3: THEATRE REPORT

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-ma3-theatre-report-2010 

WASTE MANAGEMENT IN BUILDINGS

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-waste-buildings-2015 

PRODUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS GUIDE

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-productions-exhibitions-2015

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN CULTURAL POLICY PROCESSES

https://www.juliesbicycle.com/resource-ifacca2015

 

Firstly, thank you for reading all the way!! Do you now feel like getting involved with the LNT team poppets?

If you can spare time, during or before the show, please email volunteers@londondecom.com

Your LNT Lead Will

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