Say Yes to a Pollution Free Diwali!

Dr. ButchiKR Keerthimaan    29-10-2016 Consult

Diwali is a festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, i.e., when Lord Rama defeated the demon, Ravana and returned to his birthplace, Ayodhya. In the present time, the demon is the pollution that pollutes the land and the air around us!

This year, let us celebrate Diwali in a way that it does not harm anything or anyone. So, how about celebrating the festival of lights in an eco-friendly way?

Given below are three major environmental impacts that Diwali Festival have on our environment.
  1. Air Pollution through Fire Crackers
  2. Excessive Consumerism
  3. High Energy Consumption

Air Pollution through Firecrackers - "Say 'No' to Fire crackers and 'Yes' to life!"

For most people lighting of firecrackers is the highlight of Diwali. Brighter the sparkles, louder the noise the greater the thrill!! In fact to many of us, these aesthetic forms of light seem so appropriate and most essential when celebrating the 'Festival of Lights'.

But little do people realize that in our increasingly populated and polluted cities, the temporary joy of watching the firecrackers is soon replaced by the intense air pollution caused by these. The toxic substances used in the firecrackers release toxic gases that are harmful to the health of all living beings. The high level of noise generated by the crackers cause immense suffering to birds and animals. Besides, Diwali crackers are dreaded by the sick and the ailing.

Sadly, few of us realize that the firecrackers used on Diwali are mostly made by very young children. Since the substances being handled are extremely toxic many of these child laborers get sick and die in their early teenage years.

Excessive Consumerism

An indirect but equally significant impact of Diwali on nature is due to the increased consumption. Since Diwali is also a celebration of abundance and wealth - many people believe that it is a good time to buy. Often, people go out and buy new items even when they don't need them. Advertisements and hoardings scream out to people offerings sales extravaganzas, bargains, discounts encouraging us to buy more and more!

The point to realize is that all man made items are made out of materials that come from Nature. Be it plastic, metal, paper or cloth - all of these raw materials come directly from nature. Those sources that are non-renewable (cannot be grown back) such as fossil fuels and metal ores get depleted and will one day run out. Depletion of non-renewable natural resources is one of the most significant impact of consumerism.

Five Principles of Nature conservation

To be able to conserve our natural environment it is important to keep in the following principles -

  1. Reduce : the amount of things we use
  2. Reuse : the things we have in different forms until we have absolutely no use for them
  3. Recycle : items that are no longer functional.
  4. Rethink: the choices we make when deciding to buy something and
  5. Refuse : things that we do not need at all.

High Energy Consumption
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.

So this Diwali, before you buy something new apply the above five principles and only then pay at the counter!

Wish you all a very happy and a prosperous Diwali from Team Doctor Insta!



Post Comment