The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday asked Filipinos to eradicate or minimize the use of firecrackers in celebrating the New Year’s Eve this coming Friday.
“If the environment sector had its way, Filipinos should set an example to the world by celebrating New Year’s Eve without firecrackers,” DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje.
The DENR chief explained that firecrackers cause bits of paper to fly about and emit dust when blown up.
“Firecrackers and other pyrotechnic materials contain sulfur, charcoal and other ingredients that when ignited, react with oxidants in the air to form carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide that are known greenhouse gases,” Paje said.
These also increase the number of coarse particulates or pollutants that can complicate respiratory problems,” he added.
Aside from lighting firecrackers, the DENR is also appealing to the public to refrain from burning tires, as the smoke they emit causes carbon monoxide and other poisonous metals such as zinc that are harmful to humans when inhaled.
Aggravating the smog that results from the millions of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic material lit during the festivities is the cold weather that traps pollutants closer to the ground.