Pollution Free Diwali
Diwali is now almost round the corner and I am sure everybody must be busy shopping and decorating their homes. The air contains the excitement and happy vibes (and pollution too – reason to celebrate pollution free diwali) all over.
Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in India by everyone. It is considered as the festival of lights, which coincides with Hindu New Year. It emphasizes new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
One of the most popular stories told for the celebration of Diwali is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning from their 14 years long ‘Vanwas’ to their own kingdom in India.
Initially, the festival of Diwali was celebrated by lighting traditional earthen diyas, hanging lanterns and decorating the houses with colourful art-works (rangoli). Everyone around in the vicinity, family, friends, neighbours came together and shared snacks and sweets.
Reasons to Celebrate a pollution free Diwali
But today in the 21st century as we are moving towards Urbanization and Globalization, the traditional celebration of the festival with diyas has been overtaken by the celebration with firecrackers.
Firecrackers are small explosive objectives which are designed to produce light and a large amount of noise. These crackers are made of chemicals such as Sulfur dioxide, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Nitrate etc. Being a Petro-chemical engineer I can firmly say that these chemicals are very hazardous to our health, even in small quantities.
The use of firecrackers gives us entertainment for a few hours but do you know what it does in the long run? No doubt, it is an explosive device just like an RDX bomb, but a smaller version. These chemicals cause wheezing and shortness of breath, anemia and can damage the kidneys. They also affect the nervous system and cause mental impairment. In extreme cases, it is also fatal to health.
Delhi Says No to Firecrackers – Celebrate a pollution free Diwali
Last year it was a havoc in NCR Delhi and many other cities due to the pollution caused by bursting of the firecrackers. It will take no time for our cities to become Delhi if we still don’t stop this act and start celebrating pollution free diwali. This pollution may not cause a huge harm to us today, but think about the future generations, they might have to live with an oxygen cylinder by their side in the near future.
Friends remember, it is fun and celebration for us but there are small kids, old people, patients, animals and birds all around us who are severely affected by the sound of the crackers and the air pollution it causes. Moreover, it causes many causalities, the children sometimes burn their body parts, and there is also a risk of fire.
Protect your furry friends by celebrating a pollution free Diwali
My dog, Bruno, he literally shivers and hides under the sofa fearing the sound and the smoke. Dogs have a hearing power 20-25% more than that of humans, i.e they hear any sound 20 times louder than us. My neighbour’s baby cries all night due to the loud noise.
Celebrate a pollution free Diwali and Volunteer for an NGO
Instead of spending money on buying firecrackers, you can buy sweets and clothes for orphan children, or the people in the old age homes. The cracking smiles you see on their face after receiving a gift like this is more satisfying than anything in this world. By doing this you are making a change in their lives. Each one help one. Celebrate pollution free Diwali with smiles and not the firecrackers.
Take the Pollution Free Diwali pledge
This year take a step towards celebrating a pollution free Diwali, because little by little, bit by bit, family by family so much good can be done on so many levels. Instead of igniting crackers, ignite someone’s life. Let us start a new tradition of abandoning crackers and spreading joy and happiness. Let the tradition of light live, not the pollution. Wishing you all a SAFE and HAPPY Diwali.