Pollution one of the primary causes of diseases and deaths in the world has slowly andnbsp;steadilynbsp;poisoned the environment as well. The health of the environment is now dependent upon us. We cannot afford to ignore the warning signs and continue with anti-environmental activities. If we do not mend our ways it will not just affect the environment but will weaken us as well. It isnbsp;after allnbsp;a symbiotic relationship that we share with the environment.
Diwali the most popular Hindu festival of light has lately come to be associated with fireworks. So much so that people have been blatantly ignoring the environmental hazards associated with it and continued to burst crackers in celebration of the festival.
Fireworks are one of the leading causes that worsen air and noise pollution radically during the festival. The celebration with crackers has made it an injurious threat to human health and the environment in general. These sparklers have taken away the charisma and the soul of this festival.
Let Diwali justifies its meaning that is lsquo;festival of lightsrsquo; that spreads happiness and positivity in everyone’s life. nbsp;And this Diwali let us boycott crackers. Ring in the change and celebrate the festival in a new way where there can still be festivities and joyous feelings sans the use of firecrackers that add to the pollution.
Begin your day by ornamenting your house with lovely fragrant flowers. Marigold jasmine roses orchids and twisted mango leaves can be a good choice.nbsp;nbsp;Beautify your house with attractive paper lanterns mystical hangings traditional bells and colourful rangoli. It is a good way to invite Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious day. Add a different flavour to the festival by dressing up your house with traditional lamps and diyas. It will give a kick to the divine allure.nbsp;
You can also pamper yourself by spending sometime of the day dressing up in traditional attire. Visit your closest friends and relatives in thenbsp;noonnbsp;with gifts that are somewhat rare than usual. Spare sometime prior Diwali thinking and picking such gifts and cape them with your marked styles.
After the Lakshmi poojan in the evening you can substitute fireworks with a live musical evening. You can plan a small closely knit family and friends get together at your place. Bonfire and few games can add spice to the evening. Complement the party with a rich candlelight dinner. It will give a good texture to the festival.
There is much you can do to avoid crackers. Visit an old age home or orphanage to celebrate such occasions with those who donrsquo;t have a family. Also many people cannot afford Diwali celebration. Cut short your crackers expenditure and buy food clothes and gifts for them. Discourage your kids to burn crackers and inculcate these good morals in them. Your initiation in the drive to say no to crackers can also save child labourers engaged in fireworks factory. A sheer thought of accomplishment of these responsibilities towards society gives an immense and long-lasting satisfaction which fireworks can never give.
Let this change start with this Diwali. Celebrate thenbsp;occasionnbsp;with a zest and zeal to make the environment-friendly celebrations a way of life rather than being an option. Inspire others around you by showing them much more fun ways to celebrate Diwali without crackers.
Diwali devoid of fireworks is considered incomplete. Delhi is already covered with smog and this Diwali, the crackers will add to it. We're sure many would raise the question why there's an outrage, or rather a plea only during Diwali, but here are seven reasons that might just convince yo
Diwali devoid of fireworks is considered incomplete. Delhi is already covered with smog and this Diwali, the crackers will add to it.
We're sure many would raise the question why there's an outrage, or rather a plea only during Diwali, but here are seven reasons that might just convince you to give up bursting crackers this year.
The harsh winter season has not even begun in the capital city, the air is filled with smog already. Particulate matter mixed with smoke from automobiles is choking Delhi enough. During Diwali, the pollution goes up by more than 30% due to bursting of firecrackers. Do you want to choke yourself and others around you more?
2) Fire accidents
Fire accidents are common in cracker markets, be it in Faridabad or in Kozhikode, Kerala. A small spark is enough to set ablaze a whole region, and the accident could damage properties, and claim lives. Why risk your lives?
3) Other living beings/pets
You might be having the time of your life bursting crackers but there are other living beings around you, less privileged, lacking the ability to communicate the way you do - animals including your own pets. Dogs tend to get confused seeing the sound and light changing in their immediate surrounding. This Diwali, be their superhero.
Forget PM's Swaccha Bharat campaign, but would you like to see garbage all over when you wake up on the day of Diwali? The crackers burst not only pollutes by contaminating the air, but also pollutes the land. See for yourself!
5) Child Labour
The story of thousands of child labourers employed in firework factories is not unknown to you. These children working in dangerous conditions often face accidents, sometimes so serious it leaves them crippled for life. Despite safety measures, umpteen number of fire accidents are reported every year from Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu alone. Only way to save these children is to say no to crackers! When the demand dies, supply will die.
6) Crackers affect new-borns and pregnant women
The adverse affects of bursting crackers seem unending. Dr Ashwini Nabar says in an article says the frequent exposure to loud noises during pregnancy might affect the baby in the mother's womb, though not proven yet. However, it surely affects the mother, she adds. The noise from firecrackers can lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and might last for 24 hours or more depending on the intensity of and closeness to the firecracker sound. Noise from the crackers might also stress pregnant women and prevent them from getting enough rest.
7) Harmful gases in the air
Crackers often contain elements like copper, cadmium, sulphur, aluminium and barium to produce the vibrant colours once ignited. The harmful gases produced from the bursting of crackers, such as Nitrous Oxide, remains in the air for a long time if the city doesn't get enough rain or strong winds. Inhaling the fumes emitted by firecrackers increase the chances of asthma attack among patients. Heart patients and patients of chronic bronchitis and low immune system are at high risk too.
Why can't we refrain ourselves from bursting crackers this Diwali?
For the environment, for our loved ones, for our pets. Will we?