It's finally time for the second weekend of Coachella. You have waited and waited for Coachella to come. This isn't just a music festival. This is Coachella. It's three of your favorite days of the year. You are going to see your favorite acts, you are going to dance like there is no tomorrow, and you are going to have the time of your life.
Now before you do this there is a myth that Weekend 1 Coachella goers seemed to believe that you need to consider. They seemed to think that it was Coachella's job to pick up their trash. This is absolutely not true. In fact, it's completely impossible for them to do so. Coachella has grown to 100,000 people; imagine how many people it takes to keep the place clean if all festival goers nonchalantly throw everything on the ground. The end of last weekend resulted in a venue that was jam packed with nothing but water bottles, watermelon rinds, glow sticks, and every other food product imaginable. There was so much trash left behind that it really changed the beautiful Coachella landscape. This was sad to witness. So how can we change this? What can we do to keep our favorite festival clean?
In one word: try.
The first step is cleaning up after your own mess. Make sure that you throw away every last piece of waste in the proper bins. Next, make sure the people you came with know that it's their job to clean up after themselves as well. Finally, what it's really going to take is the act of calling people out when you see them throw something on the ground, or leave it when they get up. There’s no need to be a jerk about it; you just need to explain that we all need to do our part to keep Coachella clean. You can even go the extra mile and make signs to remind those around you that it's up to us to keep the venue clean.
Here is a pic from last weekend.
This is our chance to show the Weekend 1 people which weekend really is better. The weather of Weekend 1 left a lot to be desired. If we can keep the place clean this weekend, Weekend 2 will be the clear choice. It comes down to you and me. Let's do it.
See you in paradise.