This Diwali, India is trying its best to be an environmentally-friendly nation with strict rules in place regarding firecracker bursting. A Supreme Court order was issued allowing crackers to be burst only between 8 and 10pm. While this is definitely a step in the right direction, we as individuals must play our part in keeping our communities safe and healthy this Diwali.
Here are a few easy ways you can help!
1. Discard Waste Responsibly
Even if you choose to burst firecrackers this year, make sure you do your part in cleaning up after yourself. Dispose of cracker packaging appropriately and separate your bio-degradable waste from your non-biodegradable waste. The sight of a street littered entirely in the remnants of last night’s crackers is probably a familiar one. This year encourage your neighbors and everyone in your community to take a few extra steps and clean up not the whole community’s, but their own mess alone. This way everyone takes responsibility for themselves and it will definitely ensure a cleaner Diwali.
2. Make Eco-Friendly Substitutions
Diwali is the festival of lights. It is inevitable that you decorate your house with candles, electric fairy lights or some other light source. Instead, this year opt for earthen diyas with oil. Reusable and much more environmentally friendly, diyas are a simple way to keep your Diwali clean. Another way to keep your Diwali chemical-free could be by substituting your store-bought rangoli/kolam powder either with flowers, leaves, rice flour powder or even turmeric. You can use other items from your kitchen to add color as long as it’s not chili powder!
3. Smart Gifting
Wrap all your gifts in newspaper rather than plastic. Reuse existing cardboard boxes to distribute sweets and utilize paper bags to store and circulate your presents. If you have some extra time this year, try to make a personalized handmade gift. These are small ways to cut down on plastic waste produced. Conserve the paper you do not use – it can always come in handy next year or for the next celebration.
4. Cut Down the Noise Pollution
Aside from just crackers, music played through loudspeakers and other instruments cause disruption in the community. They cause distress to pets and local animals as well. Noise pollution also affects small children and old people. This Diwali, keep them in mind and keep the community safer, and the loud crackers minimal.
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