Most people are moaning from the heat of the heat right now. Still, firecrackers and anti-firecrackers are in for a treat: they expect a wave of support for their recently launched grassroots initiative.
Due to the persistent drought, 22 cantonments have now banned burning at least in or near the forest. According to the Federal Natural Hazards Portal, the wildfire risk in most townships has risen to Hazard Level 4 (Major), and some areas of Wallace have the highest Hazard Level 5. Some townships, such as Solothurn or Wallace, also enacted a ban on fireworks in relation to August 1. It can be assumed that other cantons will impose such restrictions in the coming days, as there are currently no signs of prolonged rain. That’s why this year’s National Day should probably be one of the quietest, without the big bangs and colored lights in the sky.
expect a ban
The initiators of the referendum “for a ban on fireworks” are taking advantage of the current heat and the associated drought. They hope for a ban on fireworks in all cantons, as Corinne Meister of the Initiative Committee says: “We want to use this effect to show how beautiful a party can be without a bang.” The reaction to the launch of the initiative suggests that many would welcome it if they did not have to flee Switzerland on August 1 or fear for their property.
The instigator of the referendum is the Aargau dog trainer and former journalist Roman Huber. Shortly after the Initiative Committee was founded a year ago, he told this newspaper that the current situation is contrary to the federal constitution, where article 74 states “the protection of people and their natural environment against harmful and harmful effects” and in particular Article 80 in “Anchor of animal protection”. Fireworks enthusiasts are not equated with animal oppressors, they often lack the necessary knowledge.
15,000 signatures to date
The collection of signatures has been ongoing since May 3, so far, according to M., just over 15,000 have banded together. So far, no big party is part of the support committee, only a few regional branches like the Junge Mitte Uri or the Social Democratic Party Dietlikon. However, environmental organizations such as Pro Natura and Greenpeace Switzerland are well represented. Even illustrious celebrities like former Mr. Corona, Daniel Koch, or multiple Olympic dressage medalist Christine Stuckelberger.
What does the initiative really want? They demanded a ban on the sale and use of loud firecrackers. For events of national importance, the cantonal authorities should be able to issue special permits on request. The provisions should not be in force more than two years after the probable yes. The objective, specifies Mr., is to gather the necessary signatures within twelve months. A popular initiative must be submitted within a year and a half of the start of the collection.
In 2015, a similar popular initiative at the cantonal level in Aargau would have failed with 64.5% of negative votes at the ballot box. The referendum wanted to toughen the cantonal law on fire safety. Under this initiative, only Bengal matches and Bhindi will be allowed. Official community fireworks were not the focus of the initiative. The starting position is different now, however, says Huber, who lives in Untersigenthal in Aargau, which means less politically colourful.
Gregor Poletti has been an editor and has worked in journalism for over 30 years. Everything that moves socio-politically pushes him towards the keys – from 30 km/h to euthanasia.More information