Have an eco-friendly DiwaliEvents & Happenings — By Kadambari on October 25, 2010 at 5:59 PM
Diwali, the festival of lights is celebrated to mark the victory of Ram over Ravaan which defines the epitome of ‘good always wins over evil’ adage. The celebrations are generally kick started by lighting of diyas and bursting of firecrackers that symbolises the defeat of the demons. But what if the basic medium that is integral to celebrate Diwali turns out to be the real demon! Yes, we are talking about firecrackers! Be it the way it is manufactured or the effects it has on pollution. Both are equally damaging!
The worst part is that we get so carried away in the festive frenzy, we don’t even realize the harm it poses to nature and mankind in general. The Punekar lists its few misgivings of the crackling evil.
* Did you know that firecrackers create such a huge amount of pollution that it surpasses the level that is caused by the vehicles on the road? In fact, its after-effects are not only confined to the environment but human beings and animals as well. We tell you how. All the crackers are made out of poisonous chemicals that release toxic gasses. The intake of these gases can lead to several health ailments. Also, the loud noise caused by these crackers acts like a threat to people suffering from heart problems and asthma. Elder citizens are more vulnerable to the problems caused by these fireworks. Even, your pets find it extremely unbearable.
* Though, the fireworks may brighten up the sky, it darkens the lives of the young kids employed to manufacture these crackers forever. Being exposed to poisonous substances at an early age, most of these kids die an early death.
* Every year, crores of rupees are wasted in manufacturing these fireworks. Not to forget that the same amount can be used for the betterment of our society. Also, just spare a minute and ponder, we’re actually spending money to help pollution take over our beautiful environment.
Most of us prefer to give a deaf ear to the cries of nature. However, let us not forget that if your habitat is destroyed, you too cannot survive for long. Therefore, we’re listing few solutions that can help you have a safe and environment friendly Diwali. Read on…
* Remember saying no to firecrackers is like saying yes to life.
* Avoid use of plastic flowers, instead use natural flowers as they not only adorn your home but also spread fragrance that attracts positive vibes.
* Choose natural diyas over electric lights, they not only bright up your home but also are friendly with the environment.
A celebration is all about spreading happiness and joy. So, make sure you do your bit by pledging for a smokeless and noise free Diwali by steering away from firecrackers these festivities.