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New Delhi drowns in environmental pollution

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6378 (Published 05 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6378

Opinion

Emergency measures alone won’t stop New Delhi from choking

Re: New Delhi drowns in environmental pollution

Man made pollution disasters

The purpose of Diwali and other festivals is to spread light and remove our “inner darkness” or ignorance.

Festivals like Diwali can be celebrated in an eco-friendly way to keep our city and country environment, green, clean and pollution free and plastic free.

The following tips may help to have a happy healthy green environment-friendly festivals including Diwali:

1. Use eco-friendly crackers.

2. Use earthenware biodegradable things instead of plastic disposable.

3. Avoid wastage of food items including sweets

5. Use natural colors foid grains for kolam

6. Use recyclable decoration items

7. Give plants and jute products as diwali gifts

8. Use paper wraps for gift packing and avoid plastics

Along with this, individual responsiblities are important to prevent pollution out of our man made pollution disasters like in New Delhi, India

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2019
M.A. Aleem
Emeritus Professor of Neurology * Visiting Specialist in Neurology ** Consultant Neurologist ***
The Tamilnadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University * Dhanalakshami Srinivasan Medical College ** ABC Hospital ***
Chennai 600032* Perambalure 621212** Trichy 620018*** Tamilnadu India