- This Week
09.12.06 - 9:33 am | sfbg |
I returned from Burning Man a week ago today, one of the nearly 40,000 souls reentering the real world from the one that we call "home." There are more of us than ever given that the population of Black Rock City jumped more than 10 percent this year to by far it's largest level yet, with the Bay Area still the main source of BRC citizens. The event is growing fast, and at a time when there is increasing concern about global warming and other environmental problems associated with unsustainable consumption of resources. So I was pleased to see founder Larry Harvey and his board announce next year's theme -- Green Man -- just as this year's event was wrapping up. The idea is to better connect the isolated event with the larger world, to increase awareness of our impacts on the environment, and to start offsetting that impact with tree planting and other year-round projects. It's a natural step in the evolution of an event that began on Baker Beach in 1986, but one that needed to be deliberately taken, a challenging move than will test whether Burning Man is ready to return from the desert and project its values outward.