Holi is one of the major festivals that is celebrated unanimously throughout India with similar passion and vigor. People throughout the country immerse themselves with the play of color and water with great excitement. Children often indulge in the use of water balloons to celebrate the occasion.
What bothers us the most, though, is the careless usage of water resources despite critical water shortage in the entire country and the use of industrial based colors. Gallons and gallons of fresh water is wasted by the minute, all of it drained into the sewage, mixed with colors made of industrial dye. Not only is the precious water going waste, much of it is rendered undrinkable on mixing with toxic colors.
People living in India are personally aware of the extreme shortage of water, having dealt with it every day. Still, they spend months worth of consumable water in careless celebration. Moreover, the profit increasing drives in the market has replaced natural colors with industrial based toxic colors. It has been proven that these colors are harmful, not only for the skin and hair, but also for the fertile soil and ground water. Industrial dyes spread harmful chemicals in the soil, ground water, sewage water, and more.
The Triveni group is taking an initiative for this cause and urges you to help as much as you can to rescue our precious resources.
By signing this petition, you agree to:
- Use herbal/natural colors only.
- Use easily washable non-toxic colors.
- Try to make the celebration among your peers as dry and eco-friendly as possibly.
- Take a bath only once after the celebration.
- Discourage the use of water balloons.
- Assign a separate area for the celebration so as to minimize the spread of colors on the ground.
- Forbid the use of pipes and large quantities of water buckets.
- Enjoy the celebration in a healthy way.
So pull up your socks this season, to make Holi enjoyable for mother Earth too!
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