Enthusiasm for Fireworks Die Down due to Pollution Concerns
Public enthusiasm for fireworks seems to die down due to concerns over air pollution as more residents are posting online messages that called for restraint in celebrating during the Spring Festival. Several posts are now circulating on the Chinese social media from WeChat to Sina Weibo that called for the scaling back on the use of fireworks during the holidays that run from January 31 to February 6.
Most of the respondents agreed and fighting air pollution is the responsibility of every resident, one can’t blame the government for the air quality while residents itself make things worse. And it not just air pollution, but noise pollution as well since fireworks are so loud that they set off car alarms. Others say that fireworks are a essential part of celebrating big events such as wedding and holidays, closing down a highly polluting company night do more contribution to clearer skies that asking the public to set of fewer fireworks this year.
Fireworks is a central part in celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year as the noise is traditionally believed to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. But China has long been suffering from heavy smog in the recent years and the contribution of fireworks to the air pollution drew widespread attention from authorities and the public. To help celebrate in other ways alternative means were suggested such as replacing fireworks with flowers and electronic substitutes.
A statement issued by the Beijing Consumer Association advised consumers from refraining from celebrations with fireworks and fire crackers and to use only environmentally friendly products and avoiding adding more pollution.