Ganapati Festival 2017-Go Green, Go Eco-friendly NOW!!! for 125th Anniversary Celebrations.
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I request you to Sign this petition to Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Maharashtra State Government, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) asking:
Ban production of PoP and harmful chemical laden Idols as was done by Goa State Government couple of years ago and implemented successfully by Goa State Pollution Control Board.
Ban sale of harmful thermocol, plastic and chemical laden decorations.
Run an awareness campaign to help people make green choices and provide them resources like vendors list for procuring green products.
Regulate prices of Green products.
Awareness videos for idol immersion at immersion tanks or home.
Promote Community celebrations over individual celebrations so as to cut overall pollution and waste creation. As per PMC, around Six lakh idols from households are immersed in water bodies every year and we can only imagine the number for entire Maharashtra.
Ensure Awareness and Availability of Ammonium Carbonate Powder to dissolve PoP idols (as was discovered by NCL) at home or in immersion tanks and the leftover to be used as manure later.
Promote Eco-friendly handmade idols and decorations for individual celebrations.
Collaborate with NGO and other agencies to hold Free skill imparting workshops to create handmade idols and decorations for school children, youth, homemakers, artisans, etc.
Promote the use of reusable idols.
Invite corporate participation by means of CSR to manage waste and run an effective technology driven Awareness Campaign.
By providing a Helpline number for citizens to report irregularities and to ensure strict enforcement.
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