Change fu­ture

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The Hindu fes­ti­val sea­son that be­gins in the lat­ter half of the year with rak­sha­band­han is reach­ing its peak with Durga puja, dussehra and di­wali. And yet again, pol­lu­tion-re­lated con­cerns are on ev­ery­one's mind. Al­most 18 years ago, DownToEarth had asked, be as pol­lut­ing as they are at 1999).

To­day, peo­ple are more aware of the harm­ful im­pacts of pol­lu­tion and want to cel­e­brate fes­ti­vals with­out harm­ing the en­vi­ron­ment. For in­stance, many pre­fer buy­ing idols made from ecofriendly ma­te­rial like clay. Burst­ing crack­ers is los­ing pop­u­lar­ity. Hope­fully, our fes­ti­vals will go greener in the not-so-dis­tant fu­ture.

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