The Leave No Trace Principle

Festivals are events that have become an important part of human activities. Though they have a heavy impact on the environment, new trends have led to the creation of the “Leave No Trace” principle. It is a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors, based on seven tenets(1):

• plan ahead and prepare

• travel and camp on durable surfaces

• dispose of waste properly

• leave what you find

• minimise campfire impacts

• respect wildlife

• be considerate to other visitors

An example of a festival inspired by “Leave No Trace” is Burning Man, an annual gathering in Black Rock City(2). The event rigorously encourages participants to keep areas clean by not contaminating the area with litter or by limiting the amount of residual trash at the site. For example, burning events must take place on the designated platform, greywater is not to be dumped on the playa (dry lake), and used shower water must be captured and either evaporated or collected and carried home.

Next time we attend festivals, perhaps we can all consider “leaving no trace.” How do you reduce your impact on the environment?

Written by Colina Tran. Produced by the AAI Content Team (



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