Steven B. Kurtz: Party without fireworks

Friday, May 31, 2019

An open letter to the Amherst Leisure Services & Supplemental Education department, and all those using fireworks.

ALSSE Director Barb Bilz recently sent a request for donations for town fireworks. Perhaps the education function needs attention, here and globally.

Fireworks use finite resources, which require energy to procure, process and manufacture. They are transported, using fossil energy. They create noise and air pollution when they are fired. Debris is left requiring clean-up.

All this for some jollies celebrating the largest consuming and most militarized nation on Earth. Party on, folks.

Pay no attention to the facts. Biodiversity and our progeny will pay the price.

Steven B. Kurtz