Mahatma Gandhi said ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’ I agree with that. We have to do more for our environment, in our own small way to preserve our surroundings. Lakhs of idols are made in the city every year in all shapes and sizes.
Eco-Ganesha idols (made of bio-degradeable material) are a necessity. It is important to create awareness and make people conscious towards our environment.
Environmental conservation to me is using our resources wisely and responsibly. It’s really sad how we say we are developing and moving forward at the cost of our environment. It’s so important to pay attention to these things because if we use up our natural resources we will eventually run out of them.
I’ve heard of these guys who work on eco-friendly Ganeshas wherein every idol is adorned with the beeja prasad a small cloth-sack containing a seed of an indigenous tree.
Their aim is to encourage clients to plant a seed every time they immerse a Ganesha I think it’s a great idea. To me it signifies celebrating while being one with the environment and I urge people to be more conscious and more gracious to our resources. Consider using eco-friendly Ganesha idols made of clay or papier-mache and artificial ponds for immersion to curb pollution take the time to un-garland the murti, remove the clothes and ornaments and other decorating material before immersion.
On a personal front, I unplug devices when they’re not in use. When it comes to home appliances I take personal interest in ensuring that they are more energy efficient.
Saving water has always been something I’ve consciously been doing additionally I’m completely against plastic.