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Celebrate An Eco-Friendly Diwali

Monday, November 12, 2012
By Dr Mukund Aparajit

Diwali is perhaps one great Indian festival whose grandeur & spectacle,few festivals in the world can match.Despite India’s diversity,there is one thing common to the festival of lights all over the country – Fire Crackers. Fire Crackers are getting more & more innovative & power charged with brighter lights & sounds that challenge the sound barrier. Besides the noxius fumes from crackers creat respiratory complications, skin allergies due to chemicals emitted from crackers, eye inflammation from all round smoke.

Crackers contain a lethal cocktail of copper, potassium nitrate, carbon, lead, cadmium, zinc and sulphur, which emit noxious gases like carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide, when lit. This causes immense air pollution and exposes us to a number of health hazards.

An Appeal
Conducting business in a sustainable way is perhaps the need of the hour, but enjoying diwali in an eco- friendly way can only be attained by following the Greenman, here is how.

The Greenman of Radio Club, Mr Prakash Mirchandani & Rosemary & Thyme Foundation for environmental protection appeal to Mumbaikars, to please experience the joy of celebrating  Green Diwali,

1.    Illuminate the house with earthen lamps instead of electric bulbs. This will not just make the house stand apart, but save on electricity consumption as well.

2.    If bursting crackers is part of the celebrations, make it a collective neighborhood affair. Enjoy them for a limited period of time so that they have a minimal effect.

3.    Always buy low intensity crackers – 'bombs' that do not sound like nukes, and crackers that do not emit too many harmful chemicals with the smoke.

4.    Buy crackers that emit brilliant light but not ear-splitting noise. You can have your fun and protect the environment as well.

A number of manufacturers have begun making eco-friendly crackers that produce light in multi-hues but are low in sulphur content and do not produce health-damaging noise and smoke pollution. Many of them are also bio-degradable and when lit up they illuminate and then blossom out into colourful paper fluffers.

Every bomb or sparkler we light up might be snuffing out a little child's life, employed by traditional cracker manufacturing units for a pittance. Check if your firework carton announces that children are not involved in its making – there are some companies who issue such disclaimers these days. Make a promise to save yourself, those around you and the environment.

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