The New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Sydney, Australia, is creating controversy. A petition circulating online argues that the famous fireworks display would be insensitive, add to the air quality situation, and could even prove traumatic.
The petition, titled “Say NO to FIREWORKS NYE 2019 give the money to farmers and firefighters,” advocates for the millions spent on fireworks to be reallocated to farmers, firefighters, and animal carers impacted by the devastating bushfires. It states, “5.8 MILLION $$ was spent in Sydney alone for fireworks last year. All states should say NO to FIREWORKS. This may traumatize some people as there is enough smoke in the air.”