The sun’s power to illuminate the sky has been an ongoing source of amusement at Burning Men, but not in the way that it’s traditionally been portrayed.
For decades, Burning Man’s main stage has been lit by solar panels, but it’s now being seen as a source of “sun pollution” and a major contributor to the city’s worsening air pollution problem.
This month, the California-based Burning Man Community Development Corporation (BCDC) launched a campaign to stop the use of solar panels on the festival’s stage and grounds.
In a video released on Tuesday, the organization argued that “burning man is a public art event, not a city” and urged Burning Man attendees to “avoid burning the midnight oil.”
“When the sun isn’t shining, it’s time to get rid of the burning man,” the video reads.
“Instead of lighting up the sky with candles, we need to get out of the sun’s glare and into the real world.”
Burning Man has been at the center of a national discussion over whether to ban all solar-powered lighting on public areas at the Burning Man festival.
Earlier this year, organizers announced that they were shutting down their event, citing an uptick in respiratory illnesses from “the harmful impacts of excessive sun exposure” and “unwanted exposure to toxic chemicals.”
But as the video indicates, the issue of solar energy is not entirely new at Burning Mts.
Over the years, Burning Mans own and the community’s own contributions to the region’s air quality have been highlighted in a number of documentaries.
One such film, “Burning Man: A History,” made waves in 2011 when it documented the impact of a series of fires on the region during the 1990s.
“It was an incredibly important moment in the history of the region, and it was really one of the most dramatic events of our time,” the filmmakers, Matt Davis and Scott Miller, said in a statement at the time.
“The Burning Man story is one of resilience, and we must always remember that.”
Burning man was originally set up in 1985 as a “free-flowing, community-driven art festival,” according to the BCDC website.
Its inaugural Burning Man event took place in 1992, and the event’s name was changed to Burning Man International in 1996.
The event was then expanded to include the Burning Men Camp, which was held in 2013.
The festival has since become a major event, attracting more than 2 million attendees, according to BCDC.
The city of Los Angeles has also become a popular destination for Burning Man visitors, with a large festival area in the Los Angeles region.
The video also argues that Burning Man is in need of “renewal” and encourages Burning Man to move away from solar power.
“Burners are not ‘bad people,’ they are good people who make the world a better place,” it reads.