For decades, bursting crackers during Diwali has been wrongfully and with the mala fide intentions attributed to for causing pollution but it’s far from truth. Delhi had the pollution problem for longest period but it wasn’t ever due to crackers burning but because of the industrial pollution, being in the vicinity of the international airport and the chief cause of pollution in the October to December which remained unknown recently is the paddy burning in masses across Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. It was in 2018 when paddy burning at scale was identified as the main cause of pollution which has spiked pollution in national capital region, which on 9th November 2020 crossed 420ppm making it the most polluted day of the season. Coincidentally Diwali used to fall mostly in the month of September - October because of which media used to attribute all the pollution to the crackers burning in Diwali which as now the truth as emerged, was never a main cause of pollution.
Decades long guilt trapping of Hindus (people practising Hinduism faith) by set of people who had the mala fide interests in blaming the Hindu’s main festival Diwali and therefore conditioning them to celebrate cracker-free Diwali or Green Diwali has made people stay ignorant about the main reasons of pollution and therefore the chief source of problem wasn’t ever fixed. Now that the COVID is here, and Diwali had fallen quite late from the usual pattern, the truth about the pollution has emerged.
Guilt trapping of Hindus has been done so much that various brands have been doing all sorts of advertisements which wishes Happy Diwali and preaches not to cause pollution by bursting crackers. Bursting crackers, which is a global activity and is enjoyed by toddlers to adults alike is seen in India as a source of pollution only which results in minuscule amount of pollution as compared to any other activity such as going out for drive in cars, bikes which causes continuous pollution in the entirety of the drive time. If you are a non-vegetarian, you are contributing heavily to global warming but that stays out of purview when we talk about pollution.
Paddy burning usually steps in September and due to the wind flow, the smoke and dust particles are taken by wind towards Delhi NCR region causing a lot of pollution in the capital region.
Pollution on 10th November even crossed 999 mark in many locations across Delhi showcasing that the paddy burning alone can contribute to pollution at such massive scale. All those reasoning about crackers causing this kind of pollution is now debunked.
During today's drive through Punjab not even a single km came without this thick smoke from stubble burning 😭 pic.twitter.com/pr2oNeHMrP— Geetanjali (@geetanjali_chd) November 9, 2020
The view from my balcony, in the capital of India. AQI in my area , which is very green,is 600+ . In some areas it’s 999, which means off the charts, literally. The fact that we’re alive is a miracle. Fact that there’s no will to find solutions is a tragedy #DelhiAirQuality pic.twitter.com/7wtty1MUSX— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) November 10, 2020
Pollution has been in its prime 2 weeks prior to Diwali and on November 10 a new high was set. Seeing the upward trend we can assume that the pollution may set even higher mark but can be wrongfully attributed to Diwali by the people having mala fide intentions.
The kind of thermal activities that I am seeing on NASA satellites, Delhi is going to be absolutely blackened over the next 36 hours: @jai_dhar, Member, My Right to Breathe, tells Madhavdas G on @thenewshour. | #DelhiHealthEmergency pic.twitter.com/DbX6dqfNwG— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 6, 2020
Residents of Delhi/ NCR are also producing more garbage than ever and gigantic garbage towers are located across the region, one of them is in Okhla Delhi and other one is in Gurgaon Faridabad Bypass road. Accidental fires of garbage mess are always an environmental threat as they can cause massive pollution in matter of hours.
Some people are arguing that paddy burning is not the main source of pollution - well, all the protest and voice against the pollution has started only from October onwards which is when the paddy burning takes place in the regions. Also, Indian metros are pollution round the year but never have they witnessed such massive spikes in the pollution as in November which crossed all the highs a week before Diwali which wrongfully for decades have been targeted by hinduphobic and ignorant people and set of media outlet.
Also, one of the reasons why paddy burning is the main source of pollution across Delhi NCR is that only this region has faced such massive spikes in the period and no where else in the country have anyone witnessed such spikes because that's over and above the usual industrial and vehicular emits.
Delhi: Smog continues to blanket parts of the national capital; visuals from Laxmi Nagar area.— ANI (@ANI) November 11, 2020
Air Quality Index (AQI) is at 369 in 'very poor category' in Patparganj. pic.twitter.com/NzECk5tMlK
Trading off the pollution:
Do you understand that generation of electricity causes pollution? Most of the electricity we receive in India is generated through Thermal plants - large quantity of coal/ wood is burnt to generate the electricity. The resultant coal ash further leaks from the plants and becomes part of the air which is one of the components of the air that we breathe. We can reduce the amount of electricity we use on any particular occasion should you want to celebrate any festival which requires burning of crackers or lightening up the home. But no one should have audacity to preach what you must do or how to celebrate your festival.
Do you understand that driving vehicles emit large quantity of pollution? Do you go out for drives for leisure and fun? You are contributing to huge amount of pollution during every second of your journey. Do you take a flight for work/ leisure? Why can't you just video call instead? Flying through air has got large amount of carbon footprint. Stop doing that if you are preaching anyone to not burst crackers as they cause pollution. Crackers amounts to minuscule amount of pollution, 100 times more pollution is released by private vehicles during every second of the journey.
Are you a non-vegetarian? You cause the massive amount of pollution as the non-vegetarian food has highest carbon footprint. Eating Lamb, Buffalo's meat, Pork, Turkey, Chicken, Tuna, Eggs have CO2 Kilos Equivalent of 39.2, 27, 13.5,12.2,10.9, 6.9, 4.8 which is also equivalent to driving 91miles, 63 miles, 28 miles, 25 miles,16 miles, 14 miles,11 miles (Source) respectively while you are also effectively killing the animals you are consuming and further blaming crackers for causing harm to the animals. That's called hypocrisy and you will only get shamed for doing that. There are many festivals which involves large scale of animals slaughtering and they are not being banned which causes horrendous amount of water pollution, air pollution, stacking up of flesh which can cause diseases and also huge amount of animal lives are lost too. Before expressing your concerns selectivity, you must voice against these activities before preaching anyone about how crackers are harmful for animals.
If you are celebrating a festival which causes some amount of bursting crackers and you are a vegetarian, well you are thousand times more carbon footprint friendly than your non-vegetarian counterpart who is not bursting any crackers. Do you forgo your private vehicles to trade-off for the day when you bursted crackers? You are more carbon footprint friendly than your pal who drives a Car or a bike quite recklessly, just about everywhere for pleasure round the year. Are you willing to use lesser amount of electricity for few days prior to your festival or are you generally a sensitive person who uses lesser AC? You are much better off than the person who is preaching you not to burst crackers while the person spends all the time in AC or uses electricity way more than the requirement. You can ask them all of these, however you don't need to as people loves to guilt-trap when they dislike others for whatever reasons as personal as why someone is happy and celebrating festivals with joy. Just be consciously aware that you are trading off the carbon footprint for one activity for another and you will be good and will become a more mature, eco-friendly human being.
Therefore, you can trade off the pollution causing activities, by doing one activity lesser than usual and doing the other rare activity more to keep the balance and enjoy the life's moments guilt-free and in more sustainable way. And anyone who preaches you otherwise isn't really your friend so maybe keep distance from them.
There are also fool activists who would target the low hanging fruits which is bursting crackers in this case as they are bursted for few hours in a whole year while they won't plan to/ file a PIL against vehicles/ paddy burning/ industrial emissions instead? Why do they have so much obsession with crackers only which results in minuscule amount of pollution which too gets settled down overnight while other sources are quite perpetual in nature and causes pollution round the year and has been causing pollution for decades now?
Possibly because of their hindu-phobic nature as they have quite demonic views about Majoritarianism? Or they are just a hater.
The question - Why crackers were banned and main sources of pollution weren't?
As our courts and govts gleefully ban crackers which any civilised country allows on special occasions, this criminal scale of pollution goes unaddressed.— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) November 9, 2020
Because farmers are a big vote bank. Nobody wants to touch them.#DelhiPollution https://t.co/dXBnf8gKao
Counters to the "Crackers will further worsen the air quality/ pollution"
minuscule addition to the topline doesn't makes it worse. Remove the other sources and the pollution caused by bursting crackers for few hours won't feel like anything at all. It's not the concentrated smoke but spread out one which gets spread, diluted and settled down quickly.
For just one day, Crackers (10%) just adds small percentage to the already massively polluted air due to the stubble burning and other industrial and vehicular emits (90% of the source) which happens whole year. All the efforts to remove a source which causes minuscule pollution for 2-4 hours only once in a year and not focus on all the sources which pollutes the air perpetually 24x7x365? Do you think that's being fair?
Cracker leads to minuscule smoke and adds small percentage to the already heavily polluted air which we are breathing in. Crackers were made a scapegoat and a low hanging fruits to blame.
Wrong— #SayYesToCrackers // ACAB (@Vedic_Revival) November 11, 2020
that barely lasts 24 hours, last few years AQI data proves it
You are silent on why we have gas chamber level of AQI for the last one month nor does the govt take any step to stop it. pic.twitter.com/Mdy5oh2LI5
Stubble/ paddy burning has been done for decades and that has been the main cause of pollution.
It's only recently that the stubble burning could be understood as the main reasons of pollution with the heatmaps being shared by NASA and Diwali falling very late, else again people would have targeted crackers and Diwali.
Visibility of 50m and lesser is even these days which proves that the crackers weren't the main cause of the eve of Diwali but it was due to the stubble burning and other usual industrial and vehicular emits.
All the efforts to remove a source which causes minuscule pollution for 2-4 hours only once in a year and not focus on all the sources which pollutes the air perpetually 24x7x365?
Do you think that's being fair?
About the crackers harming animals, have you seen any animal getting hurt personally? Many people like me have ensured that no dog or animal get hurt while bursting crackers. About others, few cases might have happened, agreed.
Have you hit any dog or animal by car? Many haven’t but minuscule percentage have — have you seen dead dog on the road?
Can we give up vehicles just because animals get killed by vehicles. if not, why are you thinking in a different way in this case.
Do you eat non-veg? Animal gets killed for that sure shot.
All kinds of animals are killed - can you give up non veg? no? Don’t preach about animals getting harmed. Don’t be a hypocrite now.
Did you protest against any of these? Is it only cool to blame crackers and none of other more crucial factors?
During certain festivals, millions of animals are sacrificed — that’s a sure shot of millions of animals in a day or two leading to massive amount of loss of animal lives and pollution. Did you protest against that? Why not?
Can’t you just enjoy your festival guilt free? or will you be just be the subject of other’s opinion without having any voice of yourself.
Let’s be reasonable.
People are busy protesting against assumed death and not for the sure shot death causing activities which happens round the year.
There's no evidence that pollution caused by crackers wasn't miniscule. We all have already witnessed that the pollution is at its peak without crackers without bursted proving the point that crackers were never the source of this pollution which earlier were primarily blamed actively.
Shameless people used to credit all the pollution in Delhi to crackers. Gone are the days when people could be misled by fake activists. Those are now proven to be ignorant as the truth as emerged that crackers weren't the reason behind the peak #pollution days in #Delhi but the paddy burning was.
Those who prevents you from bursting crackers during #Diwali are haters. They are bullying you not to do things you have loved to do for decades and they have been guilt-trapping you.
We are here to counter their arguments so that you can celebrate your celebrate in peace.
Adults who have failed to solve the pollution crisis are snatching crackers from children to reduce their guilt! https://t.co/3V4lWVgjNO— Nitin Gupta (@Nitin_Rivaldo) November 13, 2020
Dear friends, if you are upset by what is happening with Deepavali, please talk to your friends and family about a The Freedom of Religion (Protection of Native Cultural and Religious Traditions, and Prohibition of Institutionalized Religious Conversion Activity) Act /1— Suren (@zeneraalstuff) November 13, 2020
Diwali celebrations with crackers only have contributed minuscule percentage to the already heavily polluted air for just few hours which gets settled down overnight. Historically it's only been paddy/ stubble burning which have contributed heavily to the seasonal pollution happening in the months September - December which has been confused with the crackers bursting and therefore the illiterate and ignorant activists have voiced against Crackers. Crackers indeed became a scapegoat amidst the confusion and got banned but many educated and woke activists are now voicing against the most important sources of pollution which must be curbed.
It’s not crackers but #stubbleburning smoke from north western winds which is making the capital polluted!Are we pushing the wrong / easy buttons by a cracker ban? Crackers just aggravate the situation but what is making the situation bad! Let’s ask that question! Happy Diwali pic.twitter.com/PjKwX66IDb— Anupama Pande (@AnupamaPande2) November 14, 2020
Day following Diwali was just another normal day without much pollution -
On Nov 10th, AQI at Anand Vihar was 577, IGI was 676, ITO was 469, Lodhi Road area was 457. So it is pointless to blame today's pollution on Diwali.— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) November 14, 2020
Banning crackers on Diwali is like having an Earth hour to save the environment.— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) November 14, 2020
Level of #AirPollution is at par to the usual average which means that the pollution caused by crackers is minuscule as compared to other sources of #pollution which contributes heavily and are perpetual in nature. Also crackers' emissions gets settled down overnight.
On Nov 10 this is how AQI was !! Many places recorded 1000+ ratings ! pic.twitter.com/bYhfSqHLjb— Anupama Pande (@AnupamaPande2) November 14, 2020
And right now the #pollution level is this. It is normal so basically everything settles down over night. Going forward if you will see any spike, that will be because of anything except crackers.#Diwali #GreenDiwali #CrackersAccheHain pic.twitter.com/cD1dyjmcVl— AestheteMonk (@AestheteMonk) November 15, 2020
Your private jet emits 20 times more CO2 than an airline.— True Indology (@TIinExile) November 14, 2020
One trip leads to more emission than 2500 average kids bursting crackers. Not to speak of your SUVs.
These celebs destroy environment more than anyone else. But can't tolerate Hindus having fun for a day. Hypocrites! https://t.co/3vt2THEAm3
Air was already heavily polluted in the morning of Diwali when crackers weren't bursted yet.
#WATCH: Smog envelopes parts of Delhi; visuals from near ITO area where Air Quality Index (AQI) is at 400, in 'very' poor category, as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. pic.twitter.com/uNA8nwWS9D— ANI (@ANI) November 14, 2020
इन्हें और कुछ नहीं फालतू की बकैती करनी है बस, 9 नवंबर को दिल्ली में इससे भी भयंकर हालात थे उस दिन दिल्ली में कौन से पटाखे चल रहे थे?? pic.twitter.com/FAjEAqgNqX— दलीप पंचोली🇮🇳 (@DalipPancholi) November 14, 2020
Hypocrites are like
and announcement of the same in an overnight champagne party across the globe pic.twitter.com/ob78B8tSpl— Vj Lachan (@VLachyanChowkid) November 14, 2020
Governments are taking proactive steps in controlling the pollution. Below are some tweets which showcases such steps:
UP Govt has started procuring stubble from farmers. Nearly 5000 quintals of stubble procured by Govt this year for cattle fodder — farmers are given cow dung in return. Seems an innovative solution to stubble fires & pollution pic.twitter.com/1lcT09yvtf— Aman Sharma (@AmanKayamHai_ET) November 9, 2020
Nice efforts by Ghaziabad administration in identifying 17 pollution hotspots in the city and planning to turn them into car-free zones. This will help reduce vehicular pollution considerably.https://t.co/9f0uNOwyFR— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 9, 2020
To control pollution; Anti smog gun already installed at around 30 big construction sites; Now being installed at heavy traffic points by @noida_authority ; first installed at sector 6, more to follow soon pic.twitter.com/97bD8V0yXT— CEO, NOIDA Authority #IndiaFightsCorona (@CeoNoida) November 10, 2020
#Breaking | Salary of Regional Officer of Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board stopped from immediate effect for negligence of duty; the officer has been asked to submit clarification within two days. pic.twitter.com/OUlE9NEZXz— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) November 7, 2020
Air level pollution reduces over night and we can observe that air is cleaner than ever in just 2 days.