Toxic fireworks

I confess, I went to this year’s Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display, because well,they’re pretty. Before this year, I never even gave a thought to how environmentally safe fireworks are. Not very, as the metals and chemicals in the fireworks contaminate the water supply, not to mention the litter on the ground. There are alternatives, such as Sekon fireworks. Pioneering Disney has been using compressed air instead of gunpowder to launch fireworks in their shows. Other ways that Disney has been greenifying? Since January 2007, the trains at Disneyland have been running on soybean oil. The Jungle Cruise Ride already runs on compressed natural gas. They are looking into using biodiesel for their other attractions and backstage equipment. But I digress. Next time a holiday rolls around, contact your town officials and ask them to look into biodegradable or gunpowder-free “air launch” fireworks. A simple parade, concerts or laser light shows are other options. Like the Disney parks, you can make your town the happiest place on earth, the eco-friendly way.

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