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Ban the balloons!

On June 20th Amsterdam joined over 600 local governments around the world and declared climate crisis. Still its streets are covered in balloons, an environmental hazard. But using laugh gas is hot and happening everywhere.

The locals want the city to forbid the selling and use of laugh gas because the racket people make while gathering up around balloon sellers and the constant noise of filling them, is driving them nuts and keeping them awake.

The mayor of Amsterdam is joining forces with mayors of other Dutch towns and petitioning the government to ban laughing gas, which is currently legal to sell and use. Therefore the police has no legal standing and can’t do anything about it. However the city council is divided on the matter and is arguing for more research on health issues. The climate crisis nor the noise complaints seem to be a concern at all.

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