For ages, we have been celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi blissfully and joyfully. In India, it’s way more than a festival for all of us.
We have our pure emotions and sentiments attached to Lord Ganesh. People can be seen celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi all around the corner of India and we think this is beautiful.
Now, celebrating sustainable Ganesh Chathurthi is equally important. When we look around and see how horribly our nature and environment is being destroyed, it becomes even more alarming to do things that can save our planet.
We all should make Ganesh Chathurthi as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. It’s time that we should change the way we celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi and make it a sustainable ganesh chaturthi.
On that note, let’s discuss 5 steps on how we can make Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 sustainable:
→ Use energy-efficient lights and save energy:
On Ganesh Chaturthi 2021, prefer to switch on lights only at the time of aarti, pooja or in the evening time when necessary. Switch to the usage of more mud diyas than Chinese lights and use energy-efficient and effective CFL tubes instead of using traditional bulbs like indecent bulbs. This small act can save a lot of electricity. Other than this, colourful papers wrapped around bulbs can also be a good alternative to expensive and energy-consuming lights.
→ Ban or limit the use of plastic:
Single-use plastics can be seen littering in a huge quantity during Indian festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi. Single-use plastic never goes anywhere, they simply keep breaking down into extremely small pieces which ultimately is a big threat to our society. When offering parshad and fruits, avoid and ban using plastic bags. Instead, use cotton bags, paper bags, jute bags and biodegradable bags. These are eco-friendly and a lot more comfortable to carry. Also, while offering parshad, prefer to use biodegradable disposable plates like banana-leaf plates, palm-leaf plates etc.
→ Give Lord Ganesh an eco-friendly decoration:
During the decoration for Ganesh Chathurthi, we often forget about the environment and use an infinite number of plastic decor materials which, after the celebration, are dumped into the garbage and pollutes our environment. This year, use eco-friendly decoratives like paper flowers, natural rangoli colours, natural flowers etc. Also, use materials like wood, cloth, paper to make bells and dolls instead of plastic decors.
→ Keep a Compost Pit for all organic materials:
Keeping a separate compost pit for organic material can help a lot in saving the environment from pollution. Collect all the organic materials like flowers which are often called “Nirmalya” after the celebration. And, deposit them into a compost pit nearby. Later, the gathered material in the compost pit can be used as a great fertilizer for gardens and farms. This can be a really good initiative to save our nature.
→ Spread awareness about celebrating green Ganesh Chaturthi:
One of the most crucial steps to make Ganesh Chaturthi 2021 eco-friendly is by spreading awareness among your community. We should try making everyone understand the pure concept of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. Encourage each other by making attractive posters and videos. Moreover, teaching people on how you can make an Eco-friendly idol of Lord Ganesh and why it is important.