Quiet Fireworks for London, Ontario

Quiet Fireworks for London, Ontario

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Deanna Ronson started this petition to city of london and

We the undersigned, call on the City of London to prohibit the sale and discharge of traditional fireworks by organizations and individuals. 

We urge Mayor Ed Holder and City Council to consider the negative impact of traditional fireworks on the environment and on human and pet health.

It has become common to hear fireworks being discharged in London, not only during the typical 3 nights out of the year (New Year's Eve, Victoria Day and Canada Day), but rather approximately every night for a week before, and sometimes a week after each of these holidays. 

In terms of environmental impact, there have been many scientific studies completed that show the harmful effects of traditional fireworks. Some of these toxic results include air and ground pollution. Heavy metals released during the discharge of fireworks also contaminate local watersheds. (1)

Traditional fireworks also have a huge impact on wildlife with birds and animals, at the very least causing these creatures distress, and at the most, causing injury and death. (2)

In regards to health issues, the heavy metals that are released can exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma. The loud noise from traditional fireworks can trigger symptoms in persons with nervous system disorders, PTSD, complex-PTSD, and Autism. The loud noises can also cause temporary or permanent hearing issues and sleep disturbances. (1) The same effect of anxiety, sleep disturbance, etc. is displayed in many of our pets.

There are several alternatives to traditional fireworks. Cities across the States, Europe and even Banff, Alberta have swapped out traditional fireworks for laser or drone light shows. (3)

An alternative specifically for Canada celebrations, would be for the City to re-allocate their funds for fireworks by donating to local Indigenous organizations that provide health and wellbeing services to their clients.

Our City (and the rest of the world) is in the midst of a Climate Crisis, we are also in the middle of a Healthcare Crisis. We need some creative thinking to reduce the impact that we have on our environment and on the physical and mental health of our residents.

We ask the City of London to implement the following:

a) a prohibition of the sale and discharge of traditional fireworks

b) reallocate City funds used in firework celebrations to less harmful alternatives such as drone or laser light shows

We hope that the City of London will see fit to address these concerns and to implement these changes.

Thank you. 

(1) https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2019/12/31/festive-fireworks-create-harmful-pall-of-pollution/?sh=26b9f9262853
(2) https://www.thelandbetween.ca/fireworks/
(3) https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/greener-alternatives-to-fireworks-1.4748406

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