Dear 18-year-old Kid with Dreadlocks a Grateful Dead T-Shirt… ~ Cassandra Smith

Via elephant journal
on Jul 10, 2012
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***Warning: naughty language ahead.

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If you throw one more cigarette butt on the ground, I’m going to kick your ass.

You are not cool just because you are at Wakarusa/Summer Camp/Bonnaroo/Electric Forest and haven’t showered in over a week. You are not a true hippie, and you are not recreating some mythical Woodstock.

What you are, in my opinion, is an eco-asshole.

If you’re going to call yourself a hippie, or try to live a Woodstock-inspired lifestyle by frequenting today’s music festivals, please pick up your trash. (And even if you’re not trying to call yourself a hippie or recreate Woodstock, please pick up your f*cking trash!)

The Woodstock generation is the same generation that first spoke up about the damage we are doing to our earth everyday. The generation that started these festivals we love so much stood for peace and love, but also for protecting our beautiful planet.

If there was ever a time to recreate to the Woodstock generation’s passion for saving the environment from the devastation of a consumption based culture, it would be now.

But instead, all I see are teenagers throwing processed food, plastic and cigarette butts all over the beautiful places festivals are held. By doing that, not only are you disrespecting a place you paid to be in, you’re also giving the middle finger to the people that hoped these kinds of festivals would inspire change.

I know you probably think it doesn’t matter if you litter because someone else is paid to pick it up later.  To me, using that logic is the same as not brushing your teeth because you have a dentist you can pay to do that.

Shouldn’t we all be accountable for properly disposing of our own trash at festivals? Shouldn’t we all be working together to create the best experience for everyone?  It’s hard to have a good experience when you step barefoot into a plate of day-old peperoni pizza.

Most of these festivals even make vast efforts to make it easy for you to not be an eco-douche. They have trashcans every 50 feet with signs that explain what can be recycled and composted. Is it really that hard to use them?

If we keep trashing the venues we love so much, they will lose their beauty. Then, where will our grandchildren party?

In order to protect our festival venues for future generations, I think the solution is quite simple. All you have to do is self-enforce a Leave No Trace policy and “never let it hit the ground.”

I saw and learned how this works at Burning Man, where the amount of littering is close to zero. All of the participants work together to keep their environment trash-free and take all of their trash with them when they leave.

It may sound annoying to you, but the practice of leaving no trace helped create such an amazing experience for everyone that it inspired me to continue to do so in my daily life (as much as possible).

So please, pick up your trash as festivals (and everywhere else); it’s really not that hard. And if you already do, please help me to remind those who forget.

burning man

Change starts with you.

To learn more about the efforts music festivals are making to become greener, please check out these sites:

Electric Forest: Electric-ology Progam.

Bonaroo: Greening and Green Activism.

Sonic Bloom: Keep the Scene Green.

Wakarusa: Recycalusa.

Summer Camp: Festival Greening Initiatives.

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Cassandra Smith was formerly an editorial intern at elephant journal and and is currently the social media and marketing coordinator at Gabriel Sales.  She is a fifth generation Colorado native who believes dance has the potential to liberate human consciousness from its cultural prison.  Cassandra formerly trained at Boston Ballet and recently graduated from University of Colorado Boulder with degrees in journalism and sociology. Visit her website at cassandralanesmith.com, and follow her on Twitter.

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Comments

357 Responses to “Dear 18-year-old Kid with Dreadlocks a Grateful Dead T-Shirt… ~ Cassandra Smith”

  1. michael says:

    WELL IT MUST BE MY FAULT SINCE I HAVE DREADS AND AM A YOUNG WHITE MALE WHO PREFERS TO LISTEN TO ROCK AND ROLL EVEN THOUGH I DIDN’T GO TO ANY OF THOSE SHOWS AND I DON’T SMOKE.
    TRULY SORRY.

  2. ted says:

    Have you not seen photos of the after math of Woodstock. Trash and garbage as far as the eye could see. You picked the wrong festival as an example.

  3. petey says:

    Lololol I dunno what you think happened at Woodstock but take a second and Google “day after Woodstock pictures” they left an ocean of trash behind

  4. petey says:

    "Omg my experience at burning man was like totally life changing! I'm so eco conscious and enlightened now, I'm totally gonna drive cross country to get there again next year."

  5. Erica says:

    I clicked on this because I was intrigued by the title including “Grateful Dead t-shirt.” Of course it didn’t take me long before I realized this article has nothing to do with the Grateful Dead & is just some chick’s stereotypical opinions about dirty hippies. Wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt does not automatically make you a lazy slob. I’m sure I’m not the only Deadhead you offended.

  6. Danie Jane- environmentalist & festival lover says:

    These festivals are for enjoyment and fun, people go for different reasons… if the festival for you inspires change than awesome! but I can personally say I did not have never had an ecological realizations at any of the many festival I have attended. The companies who produce most of the big shows and festivals make money and put them on for people to enjoy themselves… not typically for social change and environmental justice (not all! but most…). Also, if we’re talking about environmentalism and festivals, consider how much energy it costs to keep those stages, light systems, and all other energy consuming technology running for however many days. Not to metion how far people travel to be there… I do completely agree people should be better about picking up trash EVERYWHERE, but I don’t think festivals are a place to start changing peoples evironmental habits.

  7. RUNS WITH WOLVES says:

    I'M MORE HIPPIE THAN ALL OF YOU FREAKS. I WENT TO WOODSTOCK, THE ATLANTA (LITTLE WOODSTOCK) FESTIVAL AND THE 2ND WOODSTOCK ( 30 YR CELEBRATION IN ROME, NY). ACTUALLY THE HUBBY AND HIS CREW BUILT ALL OF THE TENTS AND STAGES. THEY BURNED ONE OF OUR TRUCKS. YEP, THESE NEW FANGLED HIPPIES BURNED A TRUCK INSTEAD OF A JOINT. GO FIGURE.

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