Green Diwali Or a Grey One?

By: Oindrila Bhattacharyya

Diwali is a festival of lights and happiness. But when we burn firecrackers during this festival we invite our own death. This is so because air pollution by burning crackers leads to chronic respiratory diseases like lung cancer and even COVID. The pollution from firecrackers is harmful for COVID patients as well as people who have just recovered from COVID. 

So, while celebrating festivals, we have to take care that we do not bring about harm to our health. We should only celebrate with those things that will not bring any harm and will, instead benefit us.

So, do not burn firecrackers and bring about COVID and other death-threats.

In 2019,  air pollution contributed to 6.67 million deaths worldwide. In the same year, air pollution moved up from the fifth to the fourth bleeding risk factor for death.Air pollution accounts for 20% of newborns deaths worldwide. In such a grave situation, we cannot increase rates of pollution just for our mere recreation.

Several environmentalists and studies are warning not to use fire-crackrers during Diwali festival, especially the ones with a lot of sound and smoke. Pollution leads to a wide range of chronic respiratory diseases including COVID by weakening our immunity and ability to fight diseases. Therefore, we should stop pollution as much as possible, especially the pollution due to our recreation.

Celebrate a green and healthy Diwali instead by planting a sapling and decorating the house with diyas and candles to signify the enlightening in the minds of people which is the true spirit of Diwali. Stop burning firecrackers that are causing air pollution and noise pollution and keep yourself safe from chronic respiratory diseases caused due to this pollution and also many accidents that occur.

There are many reasons as to why we should not use Crackers:

Firstly, air pollution by crackers is leading to many chronic respiratory diseases including COVID by weakening our immunity.Fire-crackers contain Sulphur which when burnt  lead  to many harmful respiratory diseases like bronchitis and even lung cancer.It’s no use cleaning and sanitizing our surroundings if our body immunity is not able to fight diseases. Pollution weakens this immunity and the ability of our body to fight diseases.Everyday our body is affected by pollution as we ride our comfortable, luxury vehicles. Further burning crackers for recreation is actually threatening our own health and weakening our immunity.

On the other hand, planting trees will protect us from adverse effects of pollution and give us clean, fresh air, boosting our immunity and also keeps our lungs clean, resistant to diseases.

Lighting diyas and candles will give an eloquent peace and represent the true spirit of Diwali as burning crackers is not part of religion, but only a LIFE-THREAT.

Burning crackers will give recreation, but at the cost of our health.

Extensive evidence shows that exposure to air pollution means  higher rates of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases including lower respiratory infections.

Lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases are caused by pollution and Diwali crackers are inviting these death-threats.

SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19,  is a respiratory virus that affects the lungs, blood vessels and many other parts of the body. exposure to air pollution has been shown to affect the body’s immune defence making an individual more susceptible to respiratory and other infections. In addition, many of the health conditions that have been associated with increased vulnerability to COVID-19 such as diabetes cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive ground diseases are also caused by exposure to air pollution.

COVID is caused due to lack of immunity and pollution decreases our immunity to fight diseases. 

Studies are  reporting a great association between higher air pollution concentrations and higher than unexpected death rates  in Covid . Areas that suffer with higher air pollution concentrations are experiencing  higher infection rates and higher rate of deaths due to COVID-19.

So, celebrate a green and enlightening Diwali. Stop burning crackers and bringing deadly diseases by the destructive pollution from a very harmful source of recreation.

Oindrila Bhattacharyya

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