It was a Cloudy Friday morning on the 5th November of 2010. Yhea… it was the “Diwali” Celebrations, the festiv of lights gave me a wakeup call early morning with a hyper sounding 1000 Wala crackling my ears, it wasn’t pleasant though… A days’ good start was with my resolution as to “Celebrate a Eco-Friendly Diwali”. As per which, I’d to escort my sibling to near by temple and do some rituals. I was over my laptop all day and couldn’t do any of my programming work as the crackers hit my concentration a lot and trust me, it had a very bad impact… Over here, in todays post i’ll like to talk about my city which has just passed 80 min since diwali.
Coimbatore – A city where ‘Eco-Friendly’ products have just given its lick, When it has not yet realized the importance and the need for the change. A city where people are busy doing nothing, but just watching over other people do something which is nothing.
Crackers ! Crackers ! Crackers everywhere… My friend took me on a ride in the streets of residential areas where diwali celebrations were so mild, i was happy to see tat and thought. Wow… Our people have got minds and they realized that they were about to pollute the surrounding. But on the inverse, it was a super hit movie and a debate program which was telecasted in Sun TV and Kalaingar TV. Goshhh ! Retured back home half mooded and was happy to get drenched in the rain for 2 hrs. Fever struck me and was bed ridded till 6:00 in the evening.. Guess wat, it was almost close to the end of Diwali… Came out of my house and made few calls to “Important” persons and started for a city ride again like tat of the morning, This time i was so surprised to see tat the people`s interested have changed from high sounding crackers to that of Light emitting crackers…
Earlier Diwali celebration meant house cleaning and decoration, performing traditional Lakshmi pooja, lightening of dhipams in the evening and family get-together. But with the changing time the style of celebrating Diwali has also changed drastically. Now Diwali celebrations mean electric illumination and bursting noisy fire crackers. This change in the celebration style has imposed many negative effects on the environment; some of the effects are listed below:
- Excessive air pollution
- Excessive noise pollution
- Soil pollution
- Excessive power consumption
- Consumerism (excess consumption means excess use of raw material)
Besides these environmental effects the modern style of celebrating Diwali also leads to various health hazards. Some of the major health hazards are listed below:
- Hearing loss
- High blood pressure
- Sleeping disturbances
- Skin allergies
- Eye related problems
- Respiratory problems
And a news feed gave me a surprise that the Common people have started to demand the Cracker Contractors and sellers to sell ‘Eco-Friendly’ Crackers even though stated tat its costly. A buyer said “we would not like to pollute the surroundings just for our own happiness”. Even the cracker prices have gone too high and thus number of crackers sold is less than the previous year. BTW: Whats the use ?
In a year of 365 days, we save our Mother Nature for all 364 days with the name ‘Eco-Friendly’ and finally stab it at its womb on the 365th day in the name of ‘Diwali’…
All the Care for nature is being trashed away so brutally on a single day…
Then what is the use of creating awareness in the name of ‘Eco-Friendly’ products, ‘Eco-Friendly’ production, ‘Eco-Friendly’ consumption, etc… So lets think of how we can solve this problem… This is a tie situation, we wanna enjoy the festiv of lights and on the same time we cannot pollute the society in the same of celebrations. The best optimist way is to reduce the consumption of Crackers for Diwali season, Which is totally impractical for an Indian mind ! To find the best chemical compound which can produce more light without much of an emitting.
To be Updated sooon !