India – our beautiful country is known for its diverse cultures, traditions, and festivals. Festivals have become part and parcel of our lives as it brings extreme joy, glee, and liveliness every year. It is the most awaited time of the year when the festival is around the corner. It leads to great enthusiasm and fervor among the citizens that is visible in the air every season.
India is the land of festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Dusshera, Eid, Christmas, etc. are celebrated with a lot of excitement, zest, and happiness around the country. The celebration assembles all the religions in solidarity despite the differences and promotes positivity, unity, communal harmony, acceptance towards other religions, and it creates an inclusive environment for each other.
However, modern culture has built the filthy atmosphere that turned our auspicious occasions into a bane for us over the years. It seems festivals are only celebrated to degrade the environment by adopting non-eco-friendly ways, including the bursting of crackers, immersing of the chemically made God’s Idols on Durga Puja, and Ganesh Chaturthi, respectively. It is not only littering the rivers and oceans but also polluting the natural habitats and whole environment. It is invading our sanctity of sacred occasions.
People are well aware of air and noise pollution consequences and are not ready to acknowledge the after-effects. They are unwilling to reduce it even a little bit and completely stick to it as if it is a compulsory custom in their religion, resulting in major harm to our various animals and birds species. Moreover, the greater risk is for the children, old age people, and diseased condition patients. Nevertheless, we practice such exercises that are not conducive to a healthy environment.
Especially during Diwali and Dusshera celebrations, people burn excessive crackers, numerous lamps of several colors consisting of harmful metals that release highly toxic gases that are hazardous to the health and the environment.
Besides, there is an increment in asthma, COPD, and many other lung diseases after rising in air pollution. Releasing sky lanterns is considered a popular festive tradition worldwide is also one of the major reasons for hazards that causes the houses to burst into flames, which cost the lives of thousands.
On the occasion of Holi, the celebration of the triumph of good over evil turned out to be the biggest nightmare for some sections of society as illiterate people use artificial powders, inorganic colors that cause soil and water pollution. As a result, it increases the risk of skin allergies and permanent loss of eyesight.
Some air quality studies have also been conducted after Diwali’s celebration in different regions of India by the central pollution control board (CPCB). According to the data, 3.7% suffered from breathing problems, 3.3% from fever, 90.9% reported a noisy environment, and 4.5% complained about eye-burning issues.
Our country has taken various initiatives to mitigate pollution, but it seems that everything is going in vain. At the foundational level, the government has taken few measures to curb the environment’s degradation, including environmental education in the curriculum of the schools from the 1st standard itself so that young minds can comprehend the significance of the environment.
Schools also organize events, campaigns, and seminars to spread awareness that helps them better understand the ill effects of bursting crackers. However, the government should also take strict measures to control the spread of pollution. They should ban imported crackers and put limited regulations on the supply of the toxic material. The major center for production is Sivakasi, where unorganized sector workers make sparklers and firework materials in large numbers.
A proper investigation should be taken place before selling into the market, obeying the prescribed sound levels. The use of earthen lamps should be propagated instead of electronic lamps during the Diwali celebration.
Encourage citizens to adopt indigenous ways to celebrate the festivals as readymade items made up of chemicals will harmful and unhealthy for society. All unanimous efforts will turn out to be fruitful only when an individual would understand their contribution towards a better environment.
However, sadly, people are celebrating in a manner that defeats the whole purpose of nature’s worship. The need of the hour is to propagate the awareness amongst the young minds to preserve the environment for future generations.
A festival of India conveys a message to live in harmony and develops a strong connection for nature. We should use the resources in such a way so that we can lead a sustained life. With the help of Social Media, we can make people aware of sustainable ways to live a life. We will be successful in this drive only when individuals understand on their own and put efforts in any possible way.
Nobody can bring transition overnight; it will happen gradually by putting little effort. So, today’s youth should be active participants towards our mother nature as they have the power to change the world.