Harit Diwali Campaign Launched in Delhi to Avoid Air Pollution

Children demonstrating in the streets of New Delhi so that the Indian government should protect them from dust and noise pollution coming from FAR extended construction activity. Campaign and Photo by Rakesh Raman
Children demonstrating in the streets of New Delhi so that the Indian government should protect them from dust and noise pollution coming from FAR extended construction activity. Campaign and Photo by Rakesh Raman

Harit Diwali Campaign Launched in Delhi to Avoid Air Pollution

Air pollution is a serious health issue in the country especially in the northern parts during winter seasons. The air pollution in the northern region is attributed to dust, burning of crops in certain states, burning of garbage construction, and prevailing climatic conditions.

This air pollution has serious impacts on the health of children, aged people, and people suffering from respiratory ailments. Diwali which is a festival of lights falls during the same period.

As a matter of practice people have been celebrating Diwali by bursting crackers. Crackers spread air and noise pollution which affects health of children, senior citizens, and also animal and birds.

Keeping in view the detrimental effects of crackers, India’s Ministry of Environment has initiated a “Harit–Diwali” campaign.

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This campaign was initiated last year when a large number of school children especially from eco-clubs participated and took pledge to minimize bursting of crackers.

During this campaign, the children were advised to celebrate Diwali in an environment-friendly manner by gifting green plants to their relatives and friends along with sweets. The children were encouraged to light up their houses and their schools with candles and diyas.

Now the Ministry has initiated a similar campaign, but this year the campaign has been extended across India. The “Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali” campaign is now merged with “Green Good Deed” movement that has been initiated as a social mobilization for conservation and protection of environment. The Ministry encourages all schools and colleges to be part of this campaign.

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