Diwali is the most important and prosperous festivity of Indian culture. It is full of lights, colors, and delicious delicacies. Despite all this, the festival is becoming a slow poison for the environment in the pollution perspective due to the burning of crackers.
It is the time that we should wake up and take this issue seriously in order to gift a better tomorrow to our loved ones and their future generations.
There are two kinds of people in this world. The ones who turn Diwali into an evening of tasteless noise pollution and the ones who like to stay true to the spirit of the festival of lights. Willingly or unwillingly, we’ve all ended up buying a ton of ‘discounted’ firecrackers that are still being made by children whose voices have barely broken.
But perhaps one of the worst things that we end up doing is releasing a monolithic cloud of toxic smoke into the air and creating a sea of ash and burnt paper on the ground.
Here are some ways of celebrating Diwali in an eco-friendly way
1) Use locally made earthenware diyas for celebration
Avoiding the blunt and wasteful plastic diyas for the decoration you can instead us earthen diyas made by the local artisans which are way more beautiful and by doing this you are indirectly helping someone and making somebody’s Diwali happy.
2) Organize and Celebrate in Community/Society
It is always better to celebrate a festival with your community people rather than celebrating it individually. This way you end up burning a minimal number of crackers and also you can socialize with the people around you.
3) Limit Your Celebration
Limiting the time of your celebration contributes in a great way. For example, you plan to celebrate only 2 hours say from 10 pm till midnight, this way you can make sure that you don’t end up disturbing newborn babies, senior citizens and others and also you don’t increase sound pollution.
4) Eco-Friendly Decorations
Using eco-friendly materials for decoration is essential. You can use real flowers for decoration, also you can use real flowers instead of plastic flowers for decoration. Use of organic incense sticks can be done
5) Cut down on crackers with other fun options
You can use eco-friendly crackers which are made up of recycled paper instead of chemicals, which also produce sound within the allowable limits stated by the pollution and regulatory boards.
6) Go Organic this Diwali
Gift organic products to your loved ones like soaps, perfumes, tea, spices, etc. It expresses your love and cares about the environment. You can also gift plants and saplings for spreading awareness towards tree plantation.
7) Organize Eco-Friendly events
You can organize community competitions involving senior citizens, children, youngsters, everyone like rangoli, flower decoration, sweet making, eco-friendly kandil making, etc.
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