This year, the Delhi Government has taken their green Diwali message on to Facebook. In a bid to get more and more youngsters excited about a cracker-free Diwali, the department of environment decided to reach out to them on their own turf. On a Facebook page called GreenLeap Delhi, they have developed a theme called Dil Se Diwali — which encourages members to say no to crackers.
“For youngsters, the idea of bursting crackers is the most exciting thing, and we need to make them realise that there is more to the festival,” says Anil Kumar, director, department of environment, Delhi Government. We have seen active participation from youngsters and have around 22,000 likes already,” he adds.
On the page, users can access videos on how to have an eco-friendly Diwali and on how to protect their pets around this time. There is also an ongoing discussion between members about green festivities. “Let’s have a pollution-free Diwali by lighting diyas and exchanging gifts,” writes Jaya Rawal. “Delhi should be the first city to shun crackers altogether. This year, Dil Se Diwali,” posts Keshav Chandra.