Every year you might have seen news floating around about the pollution level going rocket high just after Diwali! Well this is true and environment really takes a toll making it impossible to breathe at times. Just imagine the kind of suffering animals go through. For some it is celebration while who knows for other innocent creatures, it causes pain and also leads to death at times.
What a paradox we are living into? We clean every hook and corner of our house, light diyas to brighten our homes and even decorate it with colorful rangolis and beautiful paints. And just the next day of Diwali, our home, our motherland India suffers. You step outside just the next morning and you would find tons of disposed crackers lying on the roads, smoke and dust in the air and lots of homeless children begging in search of Diwali remains.
Diwali, the festival of lights, sweets, candle, colors, and happiness just turns into turmoil for some.
Do you know??
• Air pollution is 5th largest killer in India.
• In India we burn more than 40 forms of firecrackers.
• In Delhi alone Air pollution causes approx 10,000 to 30,000 deaths every year.
• India is world’s No. 3 emitter of greenhouse gases.
• Of the world’s top 20 polluted cities, 13 are in India compared to just three in China. Air pollution slashes life expectancy by 3.2 years for the 660 million Indians who live in cities, including Delhi.
With our present government taking some major steps to turn India into Swachh Bharat, we too need to take some steps in maintaining that of whatever way we could. Our Ministry of Railways also sought a week long drive from 17th Sep, 2016 – 24th Sep, 2016 called Swacchta Saptah (Clean Week). This campaign included special drives for cleanliness on railway stations and on the trains. So come, let’s pledge together not to pollute our motherland. We will celebrate this Diwali with sweets, Diyas, Candles, Lighting, Rangoli but will not ignite dangerous firecrackers.