Hong Kong Disneyland criticized for fireworks

Posted Friday, February 2, 2007 9:15 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., told the Hong Kong Economic Times that the fireworks show at Hong Kong Disneyland exposes residents downwind to high concentrations of suspended particles and could cause respiratory problems.

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Friday, February 2, 2007 10:41 AM
Yes, because after all, Hong Kong has such good air quality. Wouldn't want to ruin that!


Friday, February 2, 2007 1:06 PM
OMG, China, The worst polluting nation on the planet a current has a problem with fireworks.


Friday, February 2, 2007 2:48 PM
Jeff's avatar Worst polluting? In what way? We dump far more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere on a per capita basis than they do.
Friday, February 2, 2007 7:06 PM
And if you don't agree with Jeff...just ask the Chinese government and they will tell you the same. ;)
Saturday, February 3, 2007 2:05 AM
So what if the air quality is already bad. Why should Disney make it worse. I've had this peeve about the amount of fireworks set off at Disney parks for years.
Saturday, February 3, 2007 6:14 PM
I agree...fireworks are an environmentally irresponsible form of entertainment. I propose Disney end each magical day with a large white sheet and Mickey making hand-shadows. Then everybody could bicycle home happy. :)

…out of genuine intellectual curiosity I would like to know what causes more pollution. Disney Park’s shooting nightly fireworks or the millions of cars/busses that transport people to/from the park each year. As I digress I wonder how this all compares to volcanoes and cow farts too…but back on topic.

If concern for the miniscule additional pollution units fireworks (shot into the air and much more easily dispersed than ground level emissions I might add) would add to the environment is indeed cause for abolishment…then one would think there is a better argument to be made that we do away with the whole park if pollution concerns are of primary concern and trump entertainment value. Or is the argument that fireworks are a simple pollutant to abolish and therefore we could all feel a little better should we get rid of the easy target?

Color me skeptical about the real benefit that firework abatement will bestow upon air quality. But maybe these nasty pyrotechnics utilized to the amusement of billions of children and concert goers (indoors I might add) around the world are secretly destroying the very air I now breathe…? This brings be full circle and begs the question…could Mickey pull off the “flying swan” with only four fingers? :)

*** This post was edited by Jeffrey R Smith 2/3/2007 6:17:35 PM ***

Saturday, February 3, 2007 7:32 PM
Jeff's avatar I don't doubt that it's relatively insignificant, but your attitude toward the subject is precisely the problem. No one individual or entity is a big contributor to harming the environment, which is why you think inaction is OK. Without everyone on board, there is no significant change. It's everyone's problem, it requires everyone's action.
Sunday, February 4, 2007 3:30 PM
I just found the whole subject hilarious…sort of like a guy riding Xcelerator 12 billion times. The thought of some people taking their religious environmentalism to the extent that they are calling out fireworks is really funny to me. There are certain ideas that I can accept as it pertains to propaganda so prevalent in this debate. When it crosses a certain line…it gets funny to me. People living in trees, flying jumbo jets to make speeches about the perils of fossil fuels, and coaster board posters damning fireworks in lieu of the plethora of other possible pollutant sources so prevalent in this hobby we all share...are but a few examples.

It is the complete lack of perspective combined with the dire seriousness of the practitioners that I find amusing. Everybody has their quirks, behaviors, and issues for which they are willing to fight the good fight. Sometimes it is just plain funny!

I don't think anybody is for destroying the environment. At the same time...there are some who still would like to enjoy living why we are still allowed.

Monday, February 5, 2007 12:34 PM
janfrederick's avatar You make very good points actually. But that being said, if you are an activist, going after something so visible might make sense in terms of capturing everybody's attention...even at the risk of sounding silly.

Anyway, I have a feeling this is coming up because the Chinese New Year celebrations are coming up...and if you want to see some smoky fireworks...


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