Diwali vs pollution: Would you burst firecrackers regardless?
Loud crackers have always been a major source of pollution. Its impact has been more in the last few decades. Crackers and fireworks cause the cumulative effect of the sound, air pollution and to some extent water pollution.
After a campaign, a few years back, by some social and environmental organisations that involved young children, there was a slight decrease in the use of loud crackers in some parts of the country.
Now the question is, would you support and take the campaign forward and try to celebrate this festival of lights with more lights, preferably Diyas (oil-lamps), and less of smoke and high decibel crackers. We might not only reduce the high costs of buying and burning these crackers, but also reduce the expense incurred in the treatment and cure of asthma and other pollution related diseases including anxiety and heart problems.
Should we not act reasonably and prove ourselves to be better citizens? Should we not make improved use of our education? Donít we all deserve cleaner air to breathe and a calmer environment to enjoy the beautifully lit houses? Instead of adding to the pollution, should we not enjoy the sweets and delicacies with friends and families?
Do you think we should make an ugly and loud display of wealth? Are pomp and show and bursting loud crackers correct? We surely can afford to spend more with a booming economy. More people with high incomes, much of it disposable, try to outwit each other.
If our fellow beings are unhealthy will the gods be happy?
What is your take on the issue? Are you willing to contribute in reducing pollution this Diwali?