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Green Your Independence Day: An Explosive Issue

Posted Jul 01 2010 6:01am

Green fireworks Sunday is the 4th of July, and what better way to honor the nation we love by protecting and conserving its natural resources? This week’s tips will help you plan a bright-green celebration.

Tip #4: Don’t Let the Sparks Fly

Fireworks shouldn’t be a DIY thing, so don’t set off your own, and discourage others from entertaining themselves with ill-gotten explosives. Unprofessional fireworks aren’t just dangerous in the immediate physical sense – they also release noxious chemicals into the air and water , causing long-term eco-damage. 

Instead, carpool or take public transit to a community fireworks display, and in advance of it, campaign your local Independence Day event coordinators to use biodegradable sparklers, or the gunpowder-free, compressed-air fireworks that Disney uses .

Tell us: How do you feel about the eco-ramifications of fireworks on the Fourth?
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