Although we are almost a week ahead of Diwali, its celebratory spirit has already spread its charm across the country. Amidst this festive fervor, the supreme court is on its own battle to control air pollution. Recently, our capital city Delhi has experienced an all-time high Air Quality Index which falls in the range corresponding to ‘very poor’ air quality. The fact that the air pollution has already reached its threshold one week ahead of the actual festival is painting a dangerous picture of what we are going to face in near future.
While the situation is still in our hands, let’s sit back and evaluate the far-reaching consequences and take necessary steps to curb the situation from worsening.
The true meaning of Diwali
Diwali is celebrated to mark the victory of good over bad and that explains the aura, pomp and splendor surrounding it. However, the question is how far are we able to understand and appreciate the fact that we are moving away from the real essence of the Diwali? The festival slowly but surely is becoming a problem for the environment all over India as a certain section of the public aren’t able to evaluate the balance between the festival and our responsibility towards a better world. It’s estimated that air pollution increases by almost 50%, every Diwali and that’s quite a number to consider.
The harmful side of bursting crackers
The utmost advantage bursting fireworks would do to the environment is killing insects and mosquitoes found after the rains. Unfortunately, the fumes does as much harm to animals, humans and environment as much as it does to insects. The dust that settles after bursting crackers is rich in pollutants like oxides of sulphur, nitrogen, metal dust and organic pollution. This causes throat, nose and eye related problems which can later develop into adverse health issues.
People suffering from colds, allergies, asthma or coughs may further worsen to cause congestion of the throat and chest. Particularly, kids, infants and animals are the ones who suffer the most in terms of respiratory or skin related problems. Bursting crackers also causes the decibels to be high, thus putting sensitive people in uncomfortable situations.
Not only does bursting crackers cause respiratory problems, it also contributes to a lot of toxic waste that gets difficult to dispose.
An initiative towards a greener Diwali
The facts are exposed. Bursting crackers does no good to the purpose of Diwali. However, there are better ways to retain the fun who are a fan of bursting crackers. We have listed them below.
Use Green Crackers
Just days before Diwali, India’s first ‘green cracker’ is launched. These crackers are same as the usual ones except the fact that they are ‘less polluting’. Scientists have given these crackers names: Safe Water Releaser (SWAS), Safe Thermite Cracker (STAR) and Safe Minimal Aluminium (SAFAL).
Researches explain that these crackers have a unique property of releasing water vapor and/or air as dust suppressant and diluent for gaseous emissions and matching performance in sound with conventional crackers. The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization is testing and analyzing these crackers for safety and stability. If this solution is approved, it could be a major breakthrough for our future generation.
As soon as the supreme court put its plea, many have been brainstorming for better solutions to curb the problem. One such interesting idea is e-crackers. It’s being tested in CSIR-CEERI in Pilani. Feedback from manufacturers has not been much encouraging. Some feel that the sound is simply like listening to a recording of firecrackers instead, scientists say.
Diyas aren’t bad after all
If you are someone who enjoy the bursting of crackers, try something different this time. Lighting Diyas and decorating homes aren’t bad after all. Lamps signifies good will, happiness and prosperity. It celebrates the true essence of Diwali. However, make sure that you use earthen lamps which are easily disposable.
Use eco-friendly decorations
Choose your festive products wisely. Opt for jute or anything bio-degradable. They may be priced a little bit higher, but it’s totally worth it.
This Diwali, let us all pledge to take steps to curb the present air pollution menace add meaning to Diwali. Kindly share and inspire others towards a greener Diwali. It all starts with you.
Happy Diwali from all of us at Klinikals.