Eco-friendly Bonfire Night?

Bonfire Night could be UK's most polluted night of the year

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History of Bonfire Night

Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot!

The Fifth of November English Folk Verse (c.1870)

On November 5 this year people across the UK will light bonfires, let off fireworks, and burn effigies of a man named Guy Fawkes. The reason we do this is because it’s the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (1605); a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London by a group of dissident Catholics.

In 1603, Protestant James I became King of England. His predecessor Queen Elizabeth I had repressed Catholicism in England. Many Catholics hoped that James, being the son of the late Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, would be more sympathetic to their plight. He wasn’t and continued to carry out persecutions against them.

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Is Bonfire Night Bad For The Environment? It's Possible To Celebrate In An Eco-Friendly Way

With two days until Bonfire Night, have you cemented your plans for the evening? Will you be nervously lighting sparklers in your back garden? Attending a display in your nearest, inevitably freezing cold park? Cuddling your terrified dogs in the living room with all the curtains closed? Here's one more thing to consider as you finalise your plans: is Bonfire Night bad for the environment?

Most of us have a hazy memory of a terrifying fireworks safety lesson in primary school, and are subsequently hyper-vigilant about wearing gloves with sparklers and checking bonfires for hedgehogs.

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