Beijingers buy less fireworks over pollution concerns
Date Published: 02/10/2017
Xinhua, Jan. 28, 2017
During this year’s Chinese Spring Festival, Beijing set off less firework compared to previous years due to the concerns over environmental pollution, continuing its consecutive six years of decline. According to the fireworks office of the municipal government in Beijing, sales of fireworks for celebrating Lunar New Year dropped by 4.9%, and the fireworks garbage declined by over 11 percent compared to the same period last year. Such an impressive decline of the number of fireworks used during Lunar New Year is largely attributed to the increasing public awareness of environment sustainability. At this point when China is facing serious air pollution, more citizens are adapting to a more environment-friendly lifestyle, including shifting traditional culture. A recent poll of 1,000 residents in Beijing showed that 83% of the people agreed that they would not set off fireworks to celebrate Spring Festival, which was 6.4% higher than last year. (Posted by Mia Mi)
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