July 1 is Canada's 140th birthday, and every town is getting the fireworks ready; where we are they will shoot them out over the lake. People sometimes say that TreeHuggers don't want anyone to have any fun, but perhaps its time to put this tradition to bed. Besides the stream of burned and injured kids and the usual fires,Rose noted last year:
Unfortunately for those of us who love the pretty lights in the sky, fireworks are often propelled by gunpowder, and the accelerants and heavy metals used for coloration can leave traces in the air and water for days or even weeks after the party is over. The effects are worsened by muggy summer weather and its accompanying poor air quality.Jeremy noted recently:
fireworks heavily contribute to perchlorate contamination of surrounding water bodies. Perchlorate is well-known to pose risks for both human health and wildlife.It is all very pretty, but is it a celebration of the birth of a country or is it an excuse to blow things up?