Diwali is a festival of lights, vigor and joy. It is celebrated with great pomp and show including busting of crackers. But the bursting of crackers and trucking rockets are the reasons why some of us are unable to breath. It causes harmful effects to our environment. Therefore, this year the Supreme Court had banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi–NCR. In the opinion of many people, banning the sale of firecrackers on Diwali is the rightful decision because the use of crackers creates not only noise pollution to a great extent but firecrackers also emit nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and particulate matter which are so minute that they have the propensity to get lodged in the human beings by entering our bloodstream. Firecrackers are made up of chemicals which are lethal to health. Copper, Lead, and Zinc Nitrate can cause mental impairment, irritation of respiratory tracks, affect nervous system and skin. High decibels of noise pollution created by fire crackers can cause hearing impairment as well. Bursting of firecrackers also causes accidents. So many lives are lost and property is damaged. Crores of rupees are spent to burn crackers which ultimately only end up contaminating the natural resources. Therefore, this year we celebrated an eco-friendly and Green Diwali, and asked people to not burn crackers whether a ban is in place or not. I am hopeful that other educated people of the country also did the same and if not, would never burn crackers for the sake of the lives of their offsprings during Diwali.
Aditi Gupta (XI-A)
Khaitan Public School, Sahibabad