This post/thought was ignited by a friend of mine Mr. Ramachandran. Thnks to him!!!
Diwali – A Festival of Lights
Diwali to me in early days- i was the one who do not go near the crackers that much.. As days passed by, i too burnt crackers but not in a large scale, only few. Then, that interest of burning crackers also did not last long… slowly back to square one of no crackers. Also, of late environmental awareness is on the higher side since air pollution/noise pollution is on the increase on Diwali day.
Moreover,as an educated society with an increased awareness of global warming, pollution and the involvement of young children in the making of crackers, people must give a second thought to bursting these non-biodegradable fireworks. Firecrackers contain harmful chemicals which lead to respiratory problems and skin infections. The decibel level in most Indian cities during Diwali could beat many warzones hands down!!! If you have to fire crackers, switch to noiseless crackers that give out less smoke.
Use sparklers and fireworks which give out more light than sound. Remember the good people of Ayodhya did not have ear-splitting ‘Laxmi bombs’ to welcome Lord Rama!!! They illuminated their houses with Diyas or handmade festive lamps. Lighting up houses with scented candles, decorative diyas and eco-friendly earthen lamps can be a good and smart idea especially during these times of economic recession. If you are indeed keen on sending your money up in smoke, visit an orphanage instead, with your kids and gift them something special this Diwali!!!! The joy of giving and spreading light will fill you and your family with an inner peace that is more powerful than the sound of the “10000 Ladi”.
Also, we can think of five principles of nature conservation:
To be able to conserve our natural environment it is important to keep in the following principles – Reduce : the amount of things we use Reuse : the things we have in different forms until we have absolutely no use for them Recycle : items that are no longer functional. Rethink: the choices we make when deciding to buy something and Refuse : things that we do not need at all.
So this Diwali, before you buy something new apply the above five principles and only then pay at the counter!
Last, but not the least high consumption of electricity:
The festival of lights puts a considerably heavy load on electrical energy sources that are already overloaded. The use of electric lights to adorn homes, business establishments, monuments and roads requires a huge amount of electricity. The older tradition of burning oil lamps is a possible alternative to electric lights – even though it does use oil, the duration of the lamps is shorter.
Source: Internet n Google
We can donate clothes, money to an orpahange or old age home on this wonderful day to bring a smile on a unknown face. Their soul would bless you for a great life further!!!
Kindly do rethink and act wisely… Have a pollution free diwali 2014 folks!!