It was Sunday and I deliberately stayed tucked in bed, even though I was wide awake by eight. After the daily 6 am alarms, this was the only day I had the liberty and right to do so, but still I could not lie there peacefully, (courtesy- a buzzing mosquito who was too adamant to stay by my ear).Finally, I gave up and instead went out to greet the Sunday morning sun.
But things are not always as we want them to be and here to my surprise,I was greeted by mist blinding the view.That too In early November!
This site brought back the unpleasant memories of the previous days, when smog due to burning of paddy straw had engulfed the entire city. More so of that one horrible day when the smog reached its extreme and it was heart retching to see my hometown in such a state. The Sun too experienced quite a bit of an issue peeping through the thick layers of smog and the temperature of the city consequently dipped low.
That day I had taken out some mother-daughter time for shopping but could not enjoy the trip due sharp burning sensation in my eyes, which started suddenly on the way .I could not fathom the reason of behind this until the next day when I read the newspaper. It reiterated the situation of the previous day and even divulged on its health consequences. Here I got the precise reason for the burning and realised that I was not the only sufferer. There were any more like me. Not just this, people also complained of respiratory issues, eye infections and irritations, sudden cough and viral due to the polluted air.
As I read further, I noticed the discomfort and anger the citizens had expressed. They had even urged the authorities to do something.
This made me pause and reflect. It was so easy to suggest the name of the government as a provider to the solution and as a solution to the issue itself and shirk off the responsibility. Here, of course, the authorities should do something but won’t they be more charged up if they feel there is equal or even greater enthusiasm from our side to solve the issue?
I pondered more over this and realised we all are so pathetically tangled in the web of our own workaholic and busy life that we tend to ignore everything not affecting ‘us’ directly. But we often forget that though not explicitly visible, this smog and pollution is affecting our and our dear one’s health big time.
So if I wanted to do something myself to help mitigate the problem, what could I possibly do? I couldn’t go to those paddy growers urge them to stop burning the paddy straw. Therefore, nothing could have be done in that context immediately.
“So should I sit back, relax and let the authorities tackle the issue?” I thought.
But even then could I be sure that the paddy growers would not repeat the same next time they need to clear their fields?
I did not think so.
My mind raced back to what the newspaper article had stated about the forecast of rain, which would help the smog settle down and then the atmosphere could be normal as before. So perhaps I should wait for the rain to come, should I not ?
Now, as I peep out of the window, I still see the same smoke engulfing the street. And in the vicinity I hear the fire crackers bursting. This reminds me of the post Diwali situation each year, when the similar smog engulfs the city.
I was really saddened last year when I saw it, but I deliberately ran away from the reality that was not painted in pink. But I would not this time!
I know what I have to do. If I can not stop the paddy growers , I could certainly stop my family from bursting crackers and causing further pollution.
I celebrated a green Diwali last year, but still I could not prevent the smoke from filling up whole of my house the same night. But if you would join me this time, maybe our collective efforts could prevent the situation from turning worse again.
A Green Diwali is not the only solution, there can be other ways to tackle this as well.
We could prevent the trees from being cut. And if you think out of the box, you will realize that its not just limited to planting trees and saving them from being chopped down – it is also concerned with taking care of them. Did you ever check how many of the saplings you planted actually survived and grew big?
Moreover, if nothing of the above suits you, then you could simply spread the word around and perhaps motivate a person to work towards reducing the pollution levels by regularly servicing their vehicles and not burning the garbage in open !
These were some solutions that came to my mind but what about you? What do you think can be done practically by us to mitigate the problem gaping wide at us?
I hope now you do not think that you cannot do anything in this situation. You can and always will, just remember that you are the harbinger of change and good times. So why not act the save the day yourself!
As it is said- Do not underestimate the power of a common man..
TIME IS NOW..ARE YOU READY FOR ACTION?