The article “Let this Diwali be noise free” endeavours to sensitise the readers towards celebrating an environmentally safe Diwali by pointing out the major impacts that Diwali has on our environment. Since we are facing an energy crunch the use of decorative lights consume tremendous amount of electricity. The fire crackers further degenerate the already noisy and polluted atmosphere. Unfortunately, although Diwali brings light into our lives both literally and figuratively, the lighting of fire crackers could pose a few health hazards and encourage a few mishaps along the way. In fact for many of us, these aesthetic forms of light seem so appropriate and most essential when celebrating the ‘Festival of Lights’. Children seem to be particularly vulnerable to the possibility of mishaps during Diwali since they are the ones who are most enthusiastic about lighting fire crackers. The blasting sounds caused by fire crackers which send the decibel levels soaring instantaneously could cause permanent or temporary impairment to the ear drums. Diwali is season of fun and revelry. It is a time of blessing and thanksgiving. Let us explore ways that enable us to enjoy the Spirit of Diwali without endangering the delicate balance of our eco-system.
Vinod C. Dixit
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)