Ban Bursting of Firecrackers this Diwali

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The world is dying. Scientists have given us 12 years to significantly reduce our Carbon emissions by 40-50%. This is no mean feat. To achieve this, we need to stop practices that cause a lasting impact on the environment, just for a few seconds of fun.

Diwali 2017 in Chennai proved to be nothing short of an environmental disaster and nightmare for people with respiratory problems. A thick blanket of smog entered homes as pollution levels hit an all-time high posing serious health hazards. Data released by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) shows that Particulate Matter (PM10) was eight times above prescribed levels. The city’s firecrackers hub Sowcarpet recorded a dangerous 777 µg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) of air of PM10 as against the permissible concentration value of 100.

Furthermore, firecrackers cause several problems like

  1. Fire Accidents: In the five years between 2010 and 2014, over 1.13 lakh people have been killed across the country in fire accidents during Diwali.
  2. Noise Pollution: A nuisance to humans and much more harmful to animals.
  3. Child Labor: In 2013, a National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) report discovered that children aged 5-15 were working for more than 12 hours a day.
    These children work in unsafe chemically toxic environments where accidental mishaps are frequent, often leading to grievous injury and even death in some cases.
  4. Air Pollution: Diwali occurs in winter, causing the fumes to hang low in the air causing smog. Serious illnesses like Asthma, Bronchitis, and Lung Cancer can be caused by such pollution.
  5. Land Pollution: Firecrackers especially contribute due to the large amount of soot, packaging and poisonous heavy metal waste produced by even a small cracker.

As Michael Jackson once said "If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make the change."

It's high time we changed.