Ban Fireworks in Oregon

Ban Fireworks in Oregon

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r thomas started this petition to Governor Kate Brown

90% of wildfires in 2020 were caused by humans.

We need trees, the oxygen they produce, and climate control way more than we need a firework tradition. We can not withstand more fires that will be created from the 4th of July  holiday.

Last year, my house was in a fire evacuation zone for almost a month. The air in Oregon was listed as having more PM2.5 than Bangladesh. My friends with asthma had to leave the state.

Oregon alone lost over 1 million acres of forest. That's the size of Rhode Island.

California lost over 4 million acres which is more land mass than Connecticut.

It was 116 degrees on June 28, 2021 in Portland. Native cedar trees are dying all over Oregon. The fewer trees there are, the hotter it will get. We can not afford to loose another million acres.

On the night of July 4th it sounds like a war zone in the forest behind my house. For days after I see deer and other animals alone and lost from their tribe. I can feel the fear of the wild animals rattling through my window.

Additionally veterans of war often find it traumatizing.

Although I understand people's desire to continue with tradition, those people are likely unaware of the enormous toll that those traditions are imposing on people, the environment, and our infrastructure. When there are fires as a result of fireworks, people's homes are burned. Natural environments are lost. Habitat is destroyed for non-human animals, many of which are already being pushed to extinction due to loss of habitat. Those animals can not build another forest the way humans can build another home.  The oxygen that the trees produce is lost. The trees that would capture CO2 are gone; hence climate change increases. The financial cost to cities and states that then must try to contain and fight fires is enormous. The generational burden that we are placing on the youth to reverse climate change while we continue to wreck havoc on the environment is unconscionable. Hence, it is politically irresponsible to allow for traditions to continue that result in that level of destruction.  Please join me in requesting that Governor  Kate Brown to officially ban fireworks in an effort to prevent fires.

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