The Union Ministry of Environment has launched Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali campaign. The campaign was first launched in 2017-18 to encourage school children in Delhi and NCR to take the pledge to ensure a green and healthy Diwali by minimising the bursting of crackers. The Environment Ministry has initiated the campaign on the similar lines this year but extended it to include pan-India.
1. In 2017, a large number of school children especially from eco-clubs participated and took a pledge to minimise bursting of crackers and discourage others including their neighbours and friends from bursting of crackers.
2. The children were also encouraged to light up their houses and their schools with candles and diyas.
3. The campaign was extremely successful and the air quality had not deteriorated post-Diwali in 2017 unlike what was experienced in 2016.
4. During the intensive campaign, the children were advised to celebrate Diwali in an environment-friendly manner by gifting plant sapling to their relatives and friends along with sweets and undertake cleaning of houses, neighbourhoods, schools, collect old books and unused notebooks gift to needy children, donate old warm clothing, blankets to night-shelters and other homeless people.
5. This year the campaign has been extended Pan-India. The Harit Diwali-Swasth Diwali campaign is now merged with ‘Green Good Deed’ movement that has been initiated for the conservation and protection of the environment.