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Appeal from Arya of Grade 10 to say “No” to Firecrackers

Inventure Academy has always encouraged its students to form our own opinions and express them. I, Arya Guhan of 10 ICSE, feel that this Diwali we should say NO to firecrackers.

As we all know, Diwali is celebrated by making sweets and savories to share with family and friends, lighting our houses with lamps and bursting crackers.

Firecrackers! Just the term brings joy and excitement to one’s mind. But is it all about fun? Have you ever considered the harmful effects and disadvantages these firecrackers cause to the environment and other living beings? Let’s do a quick recap on how fireworks are manufactured. Most of the firework industries employ poor, helpless children to make firecrackers even though it’s illegal and inhuman. It is a very hazardous task and is dangerous for the worker’s lives. These children should instead be provided with education and life skills.

The second disadvantage is that some firecrackers are made up of materials that are non-biodegradable, as well. This further causes harm to the environment. Noise pollution and air pollution are already a major disadvantage especially to the elderly and to people with breathing-related difficulties.

Chemical Impact
Magnesium Sodium
Irritation of respiratory tract
Anemia and damage to kidney
Affects the nervous system
Its dust and fumes cause metal fume fever
Reacts violently with moisture and can attack the skin.
Leads to vomiting
Could lead to mental impairment
Could lead to coma

I have not burst crackers for the past three years as I feel strongly about it. This year, when the association announced fireworks celebration in my community, I wrote an appeal to the members of the association against the bursting of firecrackers. My friend and I went from house to house and spoke to the residents about the hazardous effects on human health and the environment. We received a positive response and many families told us that they wouldn’t burst crackers. The next day, the association told us that we will not be bursting crackers as a part of the community’s celebration.

We are currently living in the twenty-first century where our environment has degraded to such a low level that we are unwilling to turn a blind eye to the damage caused by bursting crackers. This is sad as it is adding to our already stressed environment.

Adding to this, not applying ourselves to make our environment better or at least sustain it, I feel, is criminal. Being privileged members of society is not only a blessing but a responsibility as well. Bursting crackers damages the environment colossally and scares the animals and birds living around.

Nature has provided us with an extensively beautiful environment and the least we could do is maintain it. It is our obligation to keep it clean. So let’s do something good like Rama did when he saved his wife and killed all the demons in Lanka. Let us think about the environment and the animals that share our world, this Diwali. Let us not burst crackers and do our bit to make this world a better place. Let us fulfill our obligation. Say NO to firecrackers!

Thank you and wishing you all a very happy and safe Diwali.

Arya Guhan
Grade 10 ICSE