Lets celebrate Ganesh festival in an eco-friendly way; there is help at hand in Mumbai: United Way Mumbai Helpline (http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/ Telephone 022-24937676
Celebrating the Ganesh festival in an eco-friendly way can help avoid adverse effects on the environment. Mumbaikars must opt for an eco-friendly Ganesh Festival for preserving the city’s water bodies and the environment, says United Way Mumbai Helpline.
The key recommendations of the Helpline include: (a) Opt for Ganesh idols made of
‘Shaadu’, natural clay or paper pulp; (b) Use bio-degradable decorations such as paper mache, paper, wood, etc.; (c) Ensure the idols are painted with natural colours e.g.turmeric, ‘multani mitti’, etc; (d) Collect offerings of flowers and other organic material in a compost pit; (e) Immerse idols in artificial tanks created by MCGM and housing societies.
The activities of United Way Mumbai Helpline in this regard are focussed on conducting awareness drives at Ganesh Mandals, residential societies and immersion sites; and providing Ganesh Mandals the facilities for maintaining cleanliness and segregating nirmalya (holy waste).
United Way Mumbai Helpline has issued a general appeal to the public, “Be an aware and responsible citizen. Contribute in making this Ganesh festival environment friendly!” United Way Mumbai Helpline recommends a list of outlets, where the clay idols and decorative materials can be bought so that we remain eco-friendly in Mumbai during and after the Ganesh festival this month.
Ganesh festival is one of the biggest festivals in Mumbai city which generates a large amount of holy waste (nirmalya) in the form of flowers, decoration material and other religious offerings. Mumbai will soon witness a frenzy of celebrations. In all, it is expected that nearly three lakh Ganesh idols will be brought to homes and community celebrations—and a similar number of idols will eventually be immersed at the various beaches and lakes. The city’s beaches, never really known to be totally clean, get further polluted with holy waste—pieces of idols which have not got dissolved, flowers, decoration material, etc.
If you want to celebrate Ganesh festival in an eco-friendly way, there is help at hand in Mumbai: United Way Mumbai Helpline (http://www.unitedwaymumbai.org/ Telephone 022-24937676)