An inconvenient truth about Bonfire Night pollution
by Martyn Lowder & Paul Davies
What's Going On Here?
It’s that time of year again when we cause lots of air and noise pollution and cheer about it aka Bonfire Night . With all of that mother nature killing fun, can you enjoy Guy Fawkes night whilst being sustainable?
What Does This Mean?
For over 400 years on the 5th November across the UK we celebrate the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. This tradition is often brought with happy memories, but it is also the most polluting night of the whole year.
The combination of smoke from bonfires and fireworks contain a mixture of toxic metal compounds often used as propellants & colorants. These include lead, titanium, antimony and potassium, that are ironically the very same pollutants that we try to keep out of our atmosphere by filtering chimneys.
How Bad Is Bonfire Night?
Bonfire Night and fireworks are similar to air travel. We have fallen in love with it, but they aint good for the environment, so some smart cookies need to come up with more eco-friendly solutions that mean we can still use a sparkler to write our name (or something naughty) in the air and feel less guilty!
Curious.tips for a more sustainable Bonfire Night
Having your own event?- Avoid having a bonfire- Buy eco-friendly fireworks- Clean-up afterwards
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