Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

Make you Fink on Friday

Wow! New Year went with a bang… all over the world.

It started in New Zealand with the magnificent display from the Sky Tower.

Sky Tower, Auckland, NZ

New Year celebrations crept around the world for a whole 24 hours.

It finally got to Rio de janeiro, then continued on to the US and Pacific.

Copacabana Beach in Rio has the biggest New Year party in the world, more than 2 million people on 6½kms of beach between Leme and the Copacabana Fort.

They were treated to a magnificent aerial display of fireworks. Twenty-four tons of fireworks produced a display over 16 minutes.

How much carbon dioxide was added to the atmosphere with this frivolity?

I have no idea, but considering that fireworks use gunpowder, I’d hazard a guess at lots.

Copacaban Beach - Pretty, but deadly

Copacabana Beach – Pretty, but deadly

But Rio had about nine (I haven’t checked the actual figure) similar or lesser displays around the city from Niteroi to Sepetiba; along with thousands of neighbourhood displays. My own neighbourhood was blowing tons of gunpowder into the air for longer than the Copacabana display.

And the rest of Brazil, all the capital cities had their displays, and undoubtedly minor cities in each of the 26 states and Federal District also had their displays.

Now the amount of carbon dioxide is mounting up.

How much more CO2 did the rest of the world add?

NZ, Sydney, Hong Kong, Japan, all over Europe, Britain, USA and the Americas, totalled, that’s a hell of a lot of gunpowder.

Isn’t it high time that events like this that produce CO2 and other pollutants were banned?

Are we taking this issue too lightly?

Cities that used LED and projected light displays are to be congratulated, even if they used this form for the wrong reasons.

Maybe the rest of the world should follow suit; and go electronic with music instead of the traditional need for BIG BANGS.

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Not a CTWW Post – 1st Jan

2013… gone

2014 is here

Happy New year to all my followers and visitors. Your support and comments have made the past year awesome, all is appreciated.

I hope that the New Year brings you all that you have wished for. More, I hope that the New Year brings some important changes in the way we view our green attitudes, that governments come to their senses, and corporations become more responsible.

Only three more weeks until Small is back in the saddle and Wednesdays once again become CTWW.

Monday Moaning

It may well be New Years Eve (at least here in Brazil) but I have been watching videos and looking at photos from around the world.

Just because it’s New Year, doesn’t mean I can’t have a Moan!

Here is an example, New Year’s fireworks display from Copacabana Beach last year. Sixteen minutes of fireworks (the clip is just 1:22).


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Did you watch until the end? Did you see the amount of pollution that was pumped into the atmosphere, all that carbon?

Here we are in the midst of critical irreversible climate changes and we still do this…

Imagine the collective carbon and pollution from celebrations all around the world.

We aren’t serious about wanting to survive, are we?

“But it’s New Year!” goes up the collective shout.

What’s to celebrate if there are no people around?

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