“NEVER doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”— Margaret MeadBe it Diwali, Christmas, Guy Fawkes or New Years, the mission to ban the bang continues throughout the year by Team BAT Pietermaritzburg. The drive to ban fireworks is even greater now with social media, protestors and communities now joining forces to take a greater stand in banning fireworks.Non-profit organisation, Ban Animal Trading South Africa (BAT), has been hosting initiatives all year long to raise awareness on the harmful effects of fireworks, especially the big bangs on the animal kingdom and environment. BAT is an animal rights organisation that exists to end animal exploitation through facilitating positive and meaningful change through public activism.In Pietermaritzburg alone, Team BAT’s presence is heavily felt, under the initiative of Saihashna Rajkumar, Team BAT Pietermariztburg has held 12 peaceful protest actions in the past two years to raise awareness amongst the public at large. Focused and determined in their mission to ban fireworks, Team BAT Pietermaritzburg will not be deterred by the scorching heat and heavy rains to achieve their mission.The responses by motorists indicating their support by hooting and others, by stopping and thanking the volunteers personally is overwhelming and motivates them further.There are many silent alternatives to fireworks and people need to be more considerate and mindful when purchasing and celebrating. BAT urges the public to be kind to all earthlings by leaving the big bang fireworks out of your celebrations in the new year. — Supplied.