Although many argue this event is the festival of a lifetime, not everyone is a lover of Burning Man festival, held in Black Rock City, Nevda. The reason being, that it's 'environmentalism is (apparently) a facade.'
An article has recently surfaced showing a bunch of research conducted by a website called Cooling Man, which sheds light on several alarming figures of Burning Man's greenhouse gas emissions from their 2006 festival.
"Burning Man 2006 generated an estimated 27,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This figure includes emissions from participant and staff travel to and from Black Rock City, as well as on-Playa power generation, art cars, fire art and, of course, burning the man. Dividing ~27,000 tons by ~40,000 people yields an estimated ~0.7 tons per Burning Man participant."
To put that in simpler terms, that's double the weekly national average emmissios of any person.
When taking into account the burning of sculptures and all the transportation involved, there's plenty of reasons why emissions would be high. And given these stats are from 2006, we can only assume they've gotten even higher since then.
According to grist.org, if burners partied as hard as they did back in 2006, around 49,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas will be released into the atmosphere, more than a small country like Switzerland consumes in a week. That's a shocking bit of perspective, especially considering the population of Switzerland is 17 times that of the Burning Man festival.
Makes you think twice... Is the dust really worth it?