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1Remember - “you and I can decide the future” E-Weekly-3/25Green Earth MovementAn E-Newsletter for the cause of Environment, Peace, Harmony and JusticeRemember - “you and I can decide the future”G E MHAPPY GREEN DIWALI
2DIWALI or DEEPAWALI , THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT is celebrated by Indians throughout the world in a joyous mood, with zeal and enthusiasm. We all enjoy colorful display of lights, crackers, sweets, shopping, happiness. The festive spirit brings people of different communities closer, to celebrate the vibrant festival in the most blissful and lively.
3On Diwali night, little clay lamps are lit in homes of Hindus On Diwali night, little clay lamps are lit in homes of Hindus. It is through the light that the beauty of this world is revealed or experienced. Most civilizations of the world recognize the importance of light as a gift of God. It has always been a symbol of whatever is positive in our world of experience.
4To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forceswickedness, violence,lust, anger, envy,greed, bigotry,fear, injustice,oppression andsuffering, etc.
5Though Diwali is a festival of lights symbolising triumphof good over evil, today likemany other festivals, Diwalihas become a festival ofnoise and pollution.Something common to thefestival of lights all over thecountry is fire crackers. The rockets illuminatingthe skies with multicoloured bursts, the noisy sizzle of fiery chakris (ground wheels), ear-deafening 'bombs' and dazzling phooljhadis (sparklers)… etc.
6The real meaning of bursting crackers seems to have been lost to a great extent as grand fireworks have become a status symbol for the vulgar display of ill-gotten wealth for the rich and others are either cowed down by their sheer money and muscle power and blindly follow them. For them it has become fashionable touse fireworks in a manner thatcauses maximum distress andannoyance to people with scantdisregard to the impact it has onenvironment. With pollutionlevels in most of our citiesalready in the danger zone little do people realize that fireworks make way for toxic substances that enfold the atmosphere which are deleterious to the health of all living beings.
7When the young and strong, rich and wealthy enjoy bursting crackers to their heart’s content, there are so many other living beings,Includinghumans sufferimmensely.Following arefew examples:
8The pain andsuffering infantsundergo during theDiwali days isunimaginable.These little oneshave no way to express their fear and pain of bearing with the ear-deafening crackers and other fireworks except the language of cries and laments. Worst still the flight of little babies.
9Do we know what must be going on in the minds of the elderly, sick and the homebound during the Diwali days? While the young and the strong will be enjoying every bit ofcelebration like bursting ofcrackers, the elderly, sick andthe homebound must besilently praying for God’sstrength to bear with the painand suffering. They have noother way but to pray,because, no one is in a mood tolisten to their pain and agony .
10Diwali, the festival of lights and sweets, is also the time when asthma patients suffer from exposure to smoke. "I see 15 to 20Patients with spasms ofasthma on Diwali day, asagainst four or five on otherdays," says Dr M Manimaran,pulmonologist and allergist.According to him, the triggerfor the attack is heavy smoke from crackers like chakras, sparklers and snake tablets. "Children between the ages of six and 12 are particularly susceptible to the attack during Diwali," he added.
11crackers itself if fraught with dangers to humans. Hundreds The act of bursting ofcrackers itself if fraughtwith dangers tohumans. Hundredsof people, especiallyyoungsters get injuredin the process ofbursting crackers, and even deaths. Safdarjung Hospital has one of the largest burn care facilities in India. This facility receives the largest number of firecracker-related injury patients throughout the year. However, it almost takes the form of an epidemic during Diwali. This unit runs a special disaster management protocol around Diwali.
12other houses in the vicinity caught fire and collapsed Catching fire to the firecracker shops is very common. There are many instances of loss of life and limb due to the fire accidents. E.g. read this news “Fajjupur village in Dhariwal sub-division of this district in Punjab. About 0430 hrs, three women were killed when a powerful explosion tore through a house where firecrackers were being made illegally. The blast also injured seven people, including a child. The blast was so powerful that fiveother houses in the vicinitycaught fire and collapseddue to its impact. About tenpeople were still trapped inthe debris of the houses. FireFighters were trying to rescuethem
13Diwali may be all about fireworks and fun for people, but it's not the same for birds and animals. Dogs and cats cower in fear as birds spend a sleepless nights on their perches, with some even falling victim to the rockets and air-borne firecrackers.
14A.P. Activistscampaigning againstthe bursting of noisycrackers say that eachyear post Diwalithousands of pigeonsare found deadon the roads of Charminar, Koti, Sultan Bazaar, Nampally railway station, Chilkalguda, Begumpet and several other areas, unable to bear the high-pitched explosions.
15What about cows, sheep, buffalos, pigs etc What about cows, sheep, buffalos, pigs etc? These innocent animals contribute so much for human beings. During theDiwali days, these animalssuffer silently without evenable to express their fearand pain. There are eveninstances of deathof cows, buffalos etc whenthey run helter skelter whenthey hear the sound andnoise of loud crackers.
16Fireworks not only harm humans and animals, but even Mother Earth including trees, soil, water, air and so on. The fireworks get their flamboyance from a variety of chemicals, many of which are toxic to humans. From the gunpowder that fuels their flight to the metallic compounds that color their explosions, fireworks often contain carcinogenic orhormone-disruptingsubstances that can seepinto soil and water, not tomention thelung-clogging smoke theyrelease and plastic debristhey scatter.
17Addition to the harmful effects of bursting of fireworks on humans, animals and Mother Earth,this industry also perpetuatessocial evils like child labour.For example – Sivakasi inTamil Nadu state, about45,000-50,000 children areemployed in the fireworks industry. These children earn about rupees a day on piece-rates. When an inspector visits a factory, child workers are bundled into store-rooms and sheds. When asked if the long hours deprived her of the pleasures of childhood, 12-year-old Kavitha gave a resigned look. When asked if she would like to go to school like other girls, she shot back: "Who will feed me, then?“
18(see next slide a comment by a reader of a web portal) Besides all the above harm done due to the bursting of firecrackers, hundreds of crores of rupees are splurged on crackers. Are we doing justice to our Motherland and Mother Earth?(see next slide a comment by a reader of a web portal)
19NISHANT GAURAV, BANGALORE COMMENTS TO AN ARTICLE ON DAIJIWORLD.COM: Diwali is a festival of lights not sound. I feel pity on the people, birds and other animals who cannot bare these loud sounds. People enjoy bursting crackers but in their enjoyment they totally forget the world! .The people who like to burst crackers should burst them at an extent but not more than that.. It spoils the life of birds and animals but also our beloved trees. They do not speak anything but inside deep they die.. .first of all there is lot of pollution due to the vehicles that give out poisonous gases and top of that if we still try to extend the level of pollution by bursting these crackers our world will be in danger or may be it is my request to all cracker lovers is that to reduce the bursting of crackers as MUCH AS POSSIBLE....[contd..]
20JUST REMEMBER THOSE BIRDS ,THOSE INNOCENT PEOPLE ,THOSE TREES AND THOSE ANIMALS WHO CANT BARE THE SOUND AND POLLUTION OF THE CRACKERS THEY BURN..... INSTEAD OF SPENDING THOUSANDS OR MAY BE LAKHS!... IN BUYING CRACKERS ONE CAN FEED THE NEEDY...OR CAN USE FOR THEMESELVES FOR OTHER PURPOSES... THE TREES, PLANTS.., BIRDS ..ETC ARE ALSO THE PART OF OUR SOCIETY... HENCE ONE SHOULD NOT ENJOY INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY AT COST OF ALL THESE... BURNING CRACKERS IS NOTHING BUT BURNING OUR OWN MONEY, BURNING OUR OWN HARD WORK WHICH DOES NOT COME EASILY.... REGARDING ALL THESE POINTS ONE SHOULD LIMIT THE USE OF CRACKERS ………… THANKYOU I WISH THE WHOLE INDIA A HAPPY AND SAFE AND OF COURSE A CRACKER FREE DIWALI(Courtesy: daijiworld: October 24, 2011)See questions for groups discussion on the last slide
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22Will you make this year Diwali a Green Diwali? How? QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION(feel free to adapt as per your need)Do you feel the need to burst crackers to make Diwali a meaningful celebration? Yes/no. Give reasons.Who do you think suffer the most due to the noise pollution caused by firecrackers? Any examples.Will you make this year Diwali a Green Diwali? How?How will you encourage others to make this year Diwali a Green Diwali?