The festive season is back in India and everyone is on the streets.
Every year, Diwali - the festival of Light is celebrated with great pomp and pleasure. The festival of light is welcomed by lighting crackers, which along with bringing happiness also contribute to noise and air pollution which begs the question 'how can burning crackers bring long-lasting pleasure?' Why not instead put that money towards a social cause or charity where the money can be better utilised in order to provide the pleasure of sharing, charity and affection of Diwali.
Thousands of children are employed in the cracker factories to meet the demand during Diwali creating an unbalanced picture of the children engage with the festivities - on one hand children burst crackers to celebrate Diwali and on the other, children are forcefully employed to make these crackers.
A lovely article written by our partners at The Alternative outlines how we can celebrate the festival of lights and still not cause any harm to our surrounding and to children. It mentions that we can instead contribute our time and money to the causes which need attention and feel the joy of giving.
Sound and noise pollution gets unbearable during the season. Being an asthmatic, I am easily affected by the level of air pollution the next day, when its gets difficult to even take a deep breath. Secondly, during the season when even the far away settled relatives also get together to share the joy, the sound of bursting crackers obstructs talking and the moments of being among loved ones.
A simple resolution to celebrate a cracker-less Diwali can in real sense bring more joy and benefits, which one otherwise would have been deprived.
Do also read the The Alternative's article, 6 ways to celebrate Eco Friendly Diwali for different options on how one can celebrate Diwali sustainably.
Author: Ajay Pal Singh Chabba/ RESET editorial
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