Two themes ran throughout the fabulous Coronation Concert:
1. Diversity and Inclusion
2. Consideration for our natural world
Diversity and Inclusion
The concert was a wonderful display of reality showing that we are, and always have been, a diverse range of people. Within this diversity are people with varying reactions to fireworks. Some people love them but for some who have PTSD, autism, dementia, hyperacusis and for some children, they are incredibly distressing. For people with sensory issues or autism the unexpected loud noise and flashes of fireworks can cause anxiety and stress.
What the Royal Family did, by minimizing fireworks, was to INCLUDE those people to be able to both attend and hear the concert if they were living nearby. The drones that were used were so incredibly powerful at depicting messages and were far more gentle, so much more creative and interesting.
We wrote a blog on why fireworks are not inclusive and outdated in a modern society, if you want to read more.
Caring for our Natural World
The other strong theme throughout is that we need to look after, and be considerate of, our planet and the natural world. What better way to highlight that than in the use of gentle, quiet drones which were beautiful, creative and impactful. Not toxic, loud fireworks which would distress any animals nearby – birds in the trees, animals in the gardens as well as wildlife and pets in the surrounding areas.
This is why we are so proud and grateful to the Royal Family for setting the example of diversity and inclusion, concern for the natural world and highlighting this with the considerate use of drones.
It’s a strong message to government to consider changing the laws around fireworks to become a more inclusive society, one that cares for the natural world.
To those who want change, we say, please keep going. The momentum is there with the signatures and the charities now pushing. Keep signing and sharing petitions, write to your MP, write to your local council, share blogs like these so that more people know others share their views.
- Sign and share petitions.
- Share this blog in every group you are in on social media and in emails – particularly those not related to fireworks, to reach new audiences
- There have been 5 debates, 6 petitions with over 100,000 signatures each, a Petitions Committee inquiry and the Government needs to listen. Now is the time to write to your MP and ask them to push the Government to take drastic action. Reduce the number of days to just a handful a year and ban the sale to the public. Or you can use the RSPCA template
- Write to your councils asking them to change what they allow.
- Ask your friends and neighbours not to let fireworks off or if they insist to at least use low noise fireworks which are available from most firework suppliers
- Read more blogs on the impact of fireworks and share these too: Environmental impact, impact on war veterans and sufferers of PTSD and on assistance dogs, how even Christmas is no longer a time of peace and why fireworks are a nuisance and the law should change.