Celebrate Diwali Green Way

"There is enough for everyone's need, but not for their greed." Mahatma Gandhi. As Wikipedia states, “Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India while employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.” I will be conveying my message through like Gandhi in order for me to raise awareness to enjoy Diwali the green way without the use of fireworks.

Diwali widely recognized as the Festival of Lights across the world would instantly be referred to the use of fireworks hence the fact that most holidays do that which seems like somewhat of a social statement. If you live in North America and you are reading this, you probably know when it’s Canada Day or the Fourth of July that you will most definitely hear fireworks out of joy. But, what if you had the power to do the opposite by enjoying your evening, not kill the environment out of your pure joy and satisfaction. Well, now you do with the motivation I will be spreading throughout this article. I will be talking about the meaning of Diwali, my goals to stop this menacing fad and last but not least to sufficiently inspire people who are reading this to do the same.

Diwali is the end of the harvest season in most of India. We thank the god for the season gone by and similarly hope for a better one to come next year. Not many people know this real meaning and just emphasize that because it is widely known as he Festival of Lights that it must incorporate fireworks in order to fully gain happiness throughout the festive season. With fireworks, brings pollution with CO2/smoke harming the Earth’s atmosphere and letting more UV rays inside the Earth’s gravitational pull. Even by knowing the harms it does to the environment we still have a craving to set off fireworks for joy. It’s just like eating unhealthy when you know it’s not good for your body yet you still want to eat junk food to fulfill your cravings. I don’t know about you but I seem very confused and wonder whether today’s society is putting on a bad image for our ancestors. I mean sure we have done some amazing things like the Internet, Vehicles, Better Education but one thing we haven’t yet fulfilled is bringing our traditions along the way.     

I have many goals in life such as shaking hands with Michael Jordan, talking to Bill Gates but more importantly helping to make a change in the environment. It may sound hard but there’s no other way to it. This is where I need your assistance because there’s no “I” in team. I need to spread the word about the disadvantages of fireworks and equal alternatives to have the same amount of joy through environmentally-friendly activities. I hope you also feel inspired to join in this movement with me so I can recruit as many people as I can. Maybe one day I can look back upon this as a national movement which I actually plan to envision. Until then, make your festive season special by pledging that you will take every action to protect the environment!

Wish you a very happy green Diwali!

Do you know how I celebrated Diwali in 2011? Find out here:


Harnoor Gill, is in 9th grade from Georgetown, Ontario and is an avid writer.  Gill was recognized as one of Canada's Top 15 under 15 by the national magazine, Canadian Family in 2011.  He has won numerous awards including Young Conservationist by the Credit Valley Conservation in 2012 and Citizen Award by the Conservation Halton and has been published in locally and internationally as well as on several online sites. Founder of 'Peace Welcome Club' ( Like us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/PeaceWelcomeClub) Gill wants to lend his hand when needed.



  1. Harnoor, thank you for your message on Diwali and congratulations on your efforts. We would be happy to help support your work. It would be great to have you out to some of our events to talk about your efforts. You are very driven and passionate about your cause – keep up the good work!

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