EARTH DAY 2024
First conceived in 1989 on San Francisco's Baker Beach, that first burn of the burning man effigy sparked a cultural revolution in the hearts and minds of artists & engineers whom have carried the creative torch ever since.
In the yearly co-creation, The Burning Man Project comes to life as one of the marvels of the modern age with the creation of Black Rock City—the worlds largest "leave-no-trace" city-wide event.
In response to the 2018 IPCC Report on Climate Change calling on 2020-2030 as the decade for action, in 2019 The Burning Man Project got together to devise a plan towards taking leave-no-trace to the next level—Burning Man Project: 2030 Environmental Sustainability Roadmap
Below is an outline of Burning Man's 10-year "race-to-zero" timeline:
There are no silver bullets or quick fixes when it comes to creating a more sustainable workplace / playa playground. This transition could take years. We have outlined three phases to help guide us on this journey:
In 2019, nearly 80,000 attendees gathered on the playa at Black Rock Desert to celebrate the theme: Metamorphoses. In the closing hours of 2019 the founders chose "Multiverse" as the theme for 2020—little did they know at the time that COVID19 would become the global theme for 2020 and for the first time The Burning Man Project & Black Rock City went virtual:
Welcome to the Multiverse
In a March press release, "Terra Incognita" will be the theme for 2021—stay tuned!
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"Circular City" Transition
Circular Seattle is an art and industry initiative designed to promote resiliency in the 21st century. This initiative aims to cultivate collaboration between the art and industrial sectors to drive circularity in the greater Seattle community.
In a Circular Seattle, artists, designers, and industrial professionals come together to explore creative solutions for building a more resilient and sustainable city for future generations. The initiative encourages the integration of circular economy principles, such as resource efficiency, waste reduction, and material reuse, into artistic and industrial practices.
By bridging the gap between art and industry, Circular Seattle seeks to inspire new ways of thinking and working that prioritize environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic prosperity. Circular Seattle recognizes that achieving resiliency in the 21st century requires a collective effort and cross-sector partnerships.
By bringing together the creative vision of artists and the technical expertise of the industrial sector, the initiative promotes transformative change on an industrial level.
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Circular Seattle will set the stage for the global world fair event “Circular Cities 2030” that will happen simultaneously in every city, town, and community around the world.
Our inspiration, our motivation, is the adaptation of our built environment to better care for our living world.
Are you ready to take a vision quest in circular design revolution?
Opening Day—Earth Day April 22 2030
Circular City Week is an open collaborative festival for circular economy related events.
For the third time, Circular City Week takes place in New York, and will be back 22-28 March 2021. Activities during Circular City Week will emphasize how circular practices such as reuse, recycling, and upcycling are transforming urban industries and the city as a whole.
The New York Circular City Initiative
EU product policies contributing to Circular Economy
The analysis served to, assess what extent EU policy tools addressing products are supporting circular, sustainable products. There are many policy tools covering all the different products on the EU market, and these tools together provide a great contribution to sustainability.
They protect the environment and human health, make products more energy and resource efficient and empower consumers to choose better products. The analysis found there is potential for further strengthening the policies, especially as concerns the circular design of products such as textiles and furniture. Also, more could be done to support consumers and circular sectors such as reuse and repair.
To be continued:
European Circular Cities Declaration
Designed to help accelerate the transition from a linear to a circular economy in Europe,
Tirana (Albania); Ghent, Leuven and Mechelen (Belgium); Prague (Czechia); Copenhagen, Høje-Taastrup and Roskilde (Denmark); Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere and Turku (Finland); Grenoble (France); Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany); Budapest (Hungary); Florence and Prato (Italy); Wiltz (Luxembourg); Guimarães (Portugal); Bergen and Oslo (Norway); Ljubljana and Maribor (Slovenia); Seville (Spain), and Eskilstuna, Malmö and Umeå (Sweden).
Amsterdam Circular Strategy 2020-2025
The strategy aims to significantly reduce the use of new raw materials, thus contributing to a sustainable city. ... The aim is to halve the use of new raw materials by 2030 and to achieve a fully circular city by 2050.